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World First LGBT couples join military mass wedding

10:40  30 october  2020
10:40  30 october  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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The military said: “Our country … has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and the ministry gives its blessings to same-sex servicemen who are A spokesperson for a social media group advocating for LGBT awareness in the military told the Guardian they were pleased to see a

The armed forces regularly put on mass weddings for staff, and the ceremony to be held on Friday will see two same sex- couples taking part -- a first Two Taiwanese soldiers and their civilian same-sex partners will tie the knot at a mass wedding hosted by the military on Friday in another gay rights

Two lesbian couples have become the first to take part in a mass military wedding in Taiwan, the only place in Asia to have legalised gay marriage.

a group of people posing for a photo: The couples are the first to take part in a mass military wedding © Reuters The couples are the first to take part in a mass military wedding

Taiwan's army holds mass weddings every year, but this was the first time same-sex couples have taken part in one.

One of the couples involved said she hoped it would inspire "more LGBT people in the military [to] stand up".

Some 4,000 couples have married since Taiwan legalised same-sex marriage last year.

"Our military is very open-minded," Chen Ying-hsuan, an army lieutenant who married Li Li-chen, told news agency the Associated Press (AP).

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Three same-sex couples were planning to join a mass wedding ceremony hosted by the Navy and the Air Force last year, but they pulled out following Last year, Taiwan made history with the region's first legal gay weddings after parliament passed a same-sex marriage law with couples tying the knot in

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"In matters of love, everyone will be treated equally," she said, adding that she had always open about her sexual orientation.

a group of people posing for a photo: Yi Wang (right) and Yumi Meng pose for the cameras © EPA Yi Wang (right) and Yumi Meng pose for the cameras

Major Wang Yi and her wife Yumi Meng wed carrying a pride flag each throughout the ceremony.

Ms Meng's parents did not come to the celebration, but both Ms Wang's parents and her teacher came in support of the couple.

"I really feel this is a huge breakthrough for the military," Ms Wang's mother told AP. "Perhaps for heterosexual couples, its just a [piece of] paper, but its very important for gay couples."

a group of people posing for the camera: A total of 188 couples took part in the ceremony © Reuters A total of 188 couples took part in the ceremony

Taiwan's army said including same-sex couples in this year's ceremony reflected its "enlightened [and] progressive" attitude.

Taiwan same-sex couples to join military wedding for first time

  Taiwan same-sex couples to join military wedding for first time Two Taiwanese soldiers and their civilian same-sex partners will tie the knot at a mass wedding hosted by the military on Friday in another gay rights landmark in Asia. The armed forces regularly put on mass weddings for staff, and the ceremony to be held on Friday will see two same sex-couples taking part -- a first for the military. "Our country ... has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and the ministry gives its blessings to same-sex servicemen who are getting married," it said in a statement. Photos of the two couples were posted on the army's Facebook page.

LGBT couples joined the mass wedding in Quezon City last Sunday, June 23, and this received various reactions from netizens. Nevertheless, this did not hinder LGBT couples to join the mass wedding in Quezon City on Sunday, based on the Twitter post of The Philippine Star.

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It added that it gave each couple - regardless of their sexual preference - their blessing.

Last year, three homosexual couples had registered to take part in the military's annual weddings. However, they eventually backed out due to "social pressure", according to local news outlets quoting military sources.

Taiwan legalised same-sex marriage last year, though gay couples still do not enjoy equal rights as heterosexual couples.

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In 2017, Taiwan's constitutional court ruled the same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. But this was met with public backlash, with a majority of voters rejecting legalising same-sex marriage.

As a result, Taiwan said it would not alter its existing definition of marriage in civil law and instead enact a special law for same-sex marriage.

It means same-sex couples face a few restrictions, including only being able to marry foreigners from countries where gay marriage is also recognised. They are also only allowed to adopt each other's biological children.

Taiwan has long been a leader for gay rights in Asia, holding an annual gay pride parade in the capital Taipei.

Elsewhere in Asia, laws are changing to reflect more tolerant attitudes towards LGBT groups.

In 2018, India's Supreme Court ruled that gay sex was no longer a criminal offence.

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