Taiwan: Hundreds of newly Wednesday gay couples make history

25 Mai, 2019, 06:38 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Taiwan ready for first same-sex marriages in Asia

Beaming in the bright sunshine, Amber Wang took the hand of her new wife, Kristin Huang, on the steps of the Xinyi District office in Taipei, Friday, making history as one of the first same-sex couples to marry in Asia.

Taiwan's parliament passed a bill last week that endorsed same-sex marriage.

"It has been a remarkable achievement for Taiwan's same-sex marriage movement, and I feel lucky to have the blessings from my friends and family", said Lin.

Twenty couples queued to marry at a registration office in central Taipei where rainbow flags hung alongside stacks of government-issued, rainbow-themed registration forms.

Some 300 same-sex couples are expected to register on Friday, according to local authorities, around 150 in the capital Taipei which boasts a thriving and vocal gay community. But today, I am able to openly tell the world through these cameras that I'm gay and I'm getting married.

The couple was the first to arrive at the government office to officially register as a married couple, MSN reports: "Outside the government building, crowds gathered as Taiwan officially opened for the first time the Household Registration Office for same-sex couples on May 24".

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Government offices opened at 8.30am Taiwan time on Friday and gay couples were waiting to walk inside and, after a brief registration process, come out legally Wednesday.

"As a beacon in Asia, I hope Taiwan's democracy and human rights could have a ripple effect on other countries in Asia", he added.

Cynical Chick (L) and Li Ying-Chien display their wedding certificate in Taipei. Another is that same-sex couples can only adopt their partners' biological children.

Opponents have vowed to punish President Tsai Ing-wen and the lawmakers who supported the gay marriage law at January's elections when Taiwanese will elect both a new president and a new parliament.

Conservative groups that oppose same-sex marriage said the legislation disrespected the people's will.

Across the strait, many Chinese congratulated Taiwan's newlywed same-sex couples on platforms such as Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

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