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 practised their new legal rights to tie the knot.

Dozens of reporters and photographers replenished 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 credential under the gaze of the legendary Taiwanese LGBTQ claims activist, Chi Chia-wei.

The couple, who had waited 12 times for the law to change, “says hes” felt fortunate to be able to celebrate their union.

” It has been a impressive achievement for Taiwan’s same-sex wedding crusade, and I feel lucky to have the supports from my friends and family ,” said Lin.

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

” I still remember how I tried to hide the rainbow flag after I attended the first gay pride parade 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 truly fortunate .”

Xue Chen and Antonia Chen organised their marry in 2009, but had to endure a long wait to threw 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 past few decades, and how long it has been since Taiwan’s LGBTQ activists first started campaigning for matrimony equality ,” said Chen.

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#Taiwan legendary lgbt activist Chi Chia-wei clues firstly same-sex marriage certificate in Asia using pen endowed by President Tsai to recognize the historic occasion pic.twitter.com/ 1NseU5y5RP

May 24, 2019

” When I first satisfied Antonia, I knew I would marry her the working day, but that was only a wish. Today, my care has finally come true and today’s registration will allow us to certify our claim to adoration who we desire until the end of “peoples lives” .”

Chi Chia-wei, garmented in his signature red coat decorated with rainbow assumes, told the Guardian that while same-sex marriage should have happened 10 to 20 years ago, it was still great to witness so many same-sex couples being able to exercise their rights.

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