More than 1,000 same-sex couples have wed in Taiwan in the month since it became the first place in Asia for equal marriage.
Of the 1,173 couples to tie the knot, 790 were female and 383 were male, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
More than 500 couples wed on 24 May, the history-making day that same-sex unions became possible.
After court rulings, referendums, and drama in parliament, Taiwan on 17 May finally enacted a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry.
But, it does not afford them exactly the same rights as same-sex couples.
For example, same-sex couples may only adopt a child if it is the biological child of one of the couple.
Monday (24 June)’s statistic showed that so far no couples have applied for adoption.
The bill also limits transnational marriages. For a foreign national to marry in Taiwan, same-sex marriage must be legal in their own country.
Since 24 May, 28 same-sex transnational marriages have taken place.
Unfortunately, the ministry data shows two couples have also divorced in the month since marriage was legalized.
Asia’s first same-sex marriages
Last week, more than 500 couples wed on the first day of same-sex marriage in Taiwan.
And, on the capital Taipei, more than 1,000 people attended a mass-wedding banquet.
Taiwan’s parliament approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday 17 May.
Taiwan’s parliament voted in favor of a government bill offering same-sex couples similar rights to opposite-sex couples after years of court rulings, referendums, and tussles in parliament.
The government bill, which largely avoids the term ‘marriage’, has been labeled a compromise by LGBTI rights campaigners.
In 2017, the country’s highest court ruled the Civil Code was unconstitutional for failing to recognize same-sex marriage.
But, in a bitterly-fought referendum, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate marriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality.
LGBTI rights campaigners accused conservative and Christian groups of running a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.
The crucial 4th line of the bill passed with 93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstaining.