Hundreds of pairs tie the knot after parliament became the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage

After decades of campaigning and waiting, Taiwan has welcomed hundreds of same-sex couples as they exerted their brand-new legal rights to tie the knot.

Dozens of reporters and photographers crowded a registry part in Taipei on Friday waiting to capture the moment when the self-ruled island became the first country in Asia to legalise homosexual marriage.

Marc Yuan and Shane Lin were the first to sign their wedding certificate under the gaze of the famed Taiwanese LGBTQ privileges activist, Chi Chia-wei.

The couple, who the hell is waited 12 years for the law to change, said they felt fortunate to be able to celebrate their union.

” It has been a striking accomplishment for Taiwan’s same-sex marriage motion, and I feel luck to have the approvals from my friends and family ,” said Lin.

Gay and lesbian newlyweds pose for radical photo at a pro same-sex marriage party after registering their matrimonies in Taipei. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/ Reuters

” I still remember how I tried to hide the rainbow flag after I participated at the first gay dignity ceremony in Taipei over a decade ago. But today, I am able to openly tell the world through these cameras that I’m gay and I’m getting married. I felt really fortuitous .”

Xue Chen and Antonia Chen organised their wedding in 2009, but had to endure a long wait to put the plans into action.

” Even though the entire registration simply takes three minutes, I can’t stop thinking about what we went through over the last decade, and how long it has been since Taiwan’s LGBTQ activists first started campaigning for matrimony equality ,” said Chen.

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May 24, 2019

” When I firstly congregated Antonia, I knew I would marry her one day, but that was only a wish. Today, my wishing has finally come true and today’s registration will allow us to certify our right to adore who we love until the end of our lives .”

Chi Chia-wei, dressed in his signature red coat embellished with rainbow assumes, told the Guardian that while same-sex marriage should have happened 10 to 20 years ago, it continued to enormous to witness so many same-sex duets being able to exercise their rights.


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