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

After decades of campaigning and waiting, Taiwan therefore welcomes hundreds of same-sex couples as they rehearsal their new legal rights to tie the knot.

Dozens of reporters and photographers crowded a registry bureau 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 legendary Taiwanese LGBTQ privileges campaigner, 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 remarkable achievement for Taiwan’s same-sex marriage shift, and I feel lucky to have the backings from my friends and family ,” said Lin.

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

” I still remember how I tried to hide the rainbow flag after I participated at the firstly gay pride procession in Taipei over ten years 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 gave the plans into action.

” Even though the entire registration only 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 firstly started campaigning for matrimony equality ,” said Chen.

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#Taiwan famou lgbt activist Chi Chia-wei signals first same-sex marriage certificate in Asia using pen offering by President Tsai to observe the historic occasion pic.twitter.com/ 1NseU5y5RP

May 24, 2019

” When I first convened Antonia, I knew I would marry her one day, but that was only a want. Today, my wishing has finally come true and today’s registration will allow us to certify our privilege to desire who we cherish until the end of “peoples lives” .”

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

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