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

After decades of campaigning and waiting, Taiwan congratulate them on hundreds of same-sex couples as they employed their new legal rights to tie the knot.

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

Marc Yuan and Shane Lin were the first to sign their wedlock certificate 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 striking accomplishment for Taiwan’s same-sex marriage flow, and I feel luck to have the approvals from my friends and family ,” said Lin.

Gay and lesbian newlyweds constitute for radical 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 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 actually lucky .”

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

” Even though the entire enrollment 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 firstly started campaigning for marriage equality ,” said Chen.

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” 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 privilege to enjoy who we adore until the end of our lives .”

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

An psychological Shane Lin( C) is comforted by his new husband Marc Yuan( R) and a friend during a wedding ceremony in Shinyi district in Taipei. Photograph: Sam Yeh/ AFP/ Getty Images

The veteran of countless privileges rally across Taiwan, where he would ripple his rainbow pennant, Chi said:” The battle is not over as we still need to extend this right to transnational couples who are not able to legally register because one of them may come from a country that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage .”

The restriction on particular natives is one of various still remaining on Taiwan’s gay community despite existing regulations being transferred last week. Another is that same-sex couples can only adopt their partners’ biological babes. Additionally, antagonists have vowed to punish Taiwanese chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen and legislators who supported the bill in the national election next January.

Despite the challenges, Jennifer Lu said Friday’s celebrations would not be written off so easily.” Today will still go down in record as the working day when human rights and equality are upheld in Taiwan .”

Taiwan made record last week when its parliament became the first in Asia to legalise homosexual wedlock, sparking elation among big audiences of homosexual privileges boosters on the street of Taipei.

Some 300 same-sex couples were expected to register on Friday, according to local authorities, around 150 in the capital Taipei which boastings a thriving and vocal gay community.


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