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World Same sex couples marry in mass military wedding -- a first for Taiwan's armed forces

11:56  30 october  2020
11:56  30 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Two same - sex couples are to be married in the Taiwanese army’ s annual mass wedding ceremony this week, in a first after the It posted dozens of wedding photos of couples taking part in Friday’ s formalities and asked people to vote on their favourite. The photo of Wang and Meng has been liked

2 same - sex couples to be married in Taiwan ’ s annual military mass wedding . When Chen Ying-xuan marries Lee Ying-ying; and Wang Yi ties the knot with Meng Youmei, they will mark the first time same - sex couples participate in a collective wedding organized by the military since Taiwan

Two women became the first military officers to marry their same-sex civilian partners at a mass military wedding in Taiwan on Friday, marking another landmark for LGBTQ+ rights in Asia.

a group of people posing for the camera: Newly-wedded same-sex couple Yi Wang (R) and Yumi Meng pose for a photograph during a mass wedding at Taiwan's Army Command Headquarters in Taoyuan on October 30, 2020. © SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images Newly-wedded same-sex couple Yi Wang (R) and Yumi Meng pose for a photograph during a mass wedding at Taiwan's Army Command Headquarters in Taoyuan on October 30, 2020.

The island's Defence Ministry called it an "open and progressive" move and gave its blessings to all 188 couples married during the annual mass wedding in Taiwan, considered a beacon of liberalism in Asia.

"I am hoping to boost the visibility of homosexuals so that people understand we are also just part of everyday life," said major Wang Wi, who cried after receiving her marriage certificate at the ceremony in the city of Taoyuan.

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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 Same - sex couples can only wed foreigners from countries where gay marriage is also recognised, and they can only adopt their partners'

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Taiwan's government last year became the first to legalize same-sex marriage in Asia, a part of the world where homosexuality remains illegal in many countries. But the island remains divided over other related issues such as same-sex parenting, while gay couples are only allowed to marry foreigners from countries where same-sex marriage is also legal.

The wedding comes as tens of thousands of people are expected to join Taipei's annual Pride parade on Saturday, likely one of the largest globally this year due to coronavirus restrictions elsewhere.

The Commander of Taiwan Army gave his blessing to the two officers in uniforms, holding rainbow flags, and their civilian wives.

"We hope our bravery could inspire more fellow soldiers who have concerns to also come out bravely. You are actually not alone," said Chen Ying-hsuan, a combat engineer lieutenant from the Army's Eighth Legion.

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

Photos of the two couples posted on the Army's Facebook page earlier this week quickly went viral with congratulatory messages pouring in.

"I hope your love lasts forever. I support the national army," read one message. "The Army is finally becoming progressive. Congratulations," said another.

a group of people posing for the camera: Newly-wedded same-sex couple Chen Ying-hsuan (R) and Li Li-chen take part in a mass wedding at Taiwan's Army Command Headquarters in Taoyuan. © SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images Newly-wedded same-sex couple Chen Ying-hsuan (R) and Li Li-chen take part in a mass wedding at Taiwan's Army Command Headquarters in Taoyuan.

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