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US NewsSame-sex couples start registering marriages in Taiwan

15:00  24 may  2019
15:00  24 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hundreds of same-sex couples in Taiwan rushed to get married Friday, the first day a landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage took effect.

Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage last week in a legislative vote on a cause that the island's LGBT rights activists have championed for two decades.

A household registration office in central Taipei was packed as couples seized the earliest opportunity to tie the knot. Jubilant couples held flower bouquets and posed for photos, smiling and kissing.

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Taiwan are regarded as some of the most progressive in East Asia and Asia in general.

Same-sex couples start registering marriages in Taiwan © The Associated Press Two same-sex couples seal their legal marriage with a kiss at the registration office in Xingyi District in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, May 24, 2019. Hundreds of same-sex couples in Taiwan are rushing to the household registration office on the first day that a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage has taken effect. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai) "The legalization of marriage is only the first step," said a 48-year-old novelist who writes under the pen name Chen Hsue.

"In the future, through this legalization, I hope LGBT people could be accepted as ordinary people by Taiwanese society," said Chen, who has lived with her partner for more than 10 years.

Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior said 500 same-sex couples registered their marriages across the island on Friday.

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Same - sex marriage is not legal in Taiwan , although it has been the subject of public discussion since the early 2000s. Currently, some jurisdictions, including the nine largest cities and nine other counties, covering 94% of the country's population, allow same - sex couples to register as partners, though

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A Taipei resident who identified himself only by a nickname said tearfully that he and his partner feel lucky that they are able to announce in front of everyone that they are gay and have gotten married. The two men wore matching pastel pink suits and stood in front of a rainbow display featuring messages blessing the newlyweds.

Several couples requested that their real names not be made public because they fear the stigma that persists around being gay in Taiwan.

Kristin Huan, a YouTube blogger, said she and her partner Amber can strengthen other people's faith and hope by sharing their story online.

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"Coming out of the closet is a very difficult process for every gay person," Huan said.

Taiwan split from mainland China amid civil war in 1949, though China's ruling Communist Party claims the island as part of its own territory.

Same-sex marriage is not legal in mainland China, and while LGBT rights advocates have made progress over the years in raising awareness and promoting tolerance, depictions of same-sex relationships are still regularly censored on Chinese TV and social media.

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