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Kaohsiung becomes first city in Taiwan to recognize gay couples

Kaohsiung becomes first city in Taiwan to recognize gay couples

Kaohsiung later this week will be become the first city in Taiwan to recognize gay couples.

Gay couples resident in the southern city will be able to register their relationships starting from Wednesday (20 May).

The director-general of Kaohsiung’s civil affairs bureau, Tseng Tzu-wen, Friday said the ‘sunglight registrations’ would be symbolic as the civil code only recognizes marriage as between man and woman.

‘But Kaohsiung City, to show respect and good will toward pluralist culture, will allow those from the community to mark their partner in its household registration and conscription information system for the consolations of hearts before laws are revised,’ she said.

Residents can register with their identity card and proof of their relationship. They will be able to cancel the registration if they break up.

No certificates will be issued to the couples but if they sign an agreement, public agencies, including medical facilities, the justice system and the police can access the city’s household registration system, which would allow registered partners to act as legal representatives for their spouses. For example, giving consent for emergency surgery.

More than 7,000 people marched in the city’s fifth annual pride parade on Saturday.