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 the thousands of same-sex couples as they employed their new legal rights to tie the knot.

Dozens of reporters and photographers replenished a registry office 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 marriage certification under the gaze of the legendary Taiwanese LGBTQ privileges campaigner, Chi Chia-wei.

The couple, who had 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 motion, and I feel lucky to have the approvals from my friends and family ,” said Lin.

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

” I still remember how I tried to hide the rainbow pennant after I attended the first gay pride ceremony 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 truly lucky .”

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

” Even though the entire registration merely 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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” When I firstly matched Antonia, I knew I would marry her one day, but that was only a wish. Today, my hope has finally come true and today’s registration will allow us to certify our right to desire who we adore until the end of “peoples lives” .”

Chi Chia-wei, dressed in his signature red coat decorated with rainbow carries, 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 duos being able to exercise their rights.


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