Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

Taiwan’s first official same-sex weddings kicked off Friday in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia as gay couples took the historic step of registering as married, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality. Shane Lin and Marc Yuan, a couple who fell in love at college, were the first to arrive at a government office in downtown Taipei. Dressed in matching suits, they embraced and kissed in front of a huge media scrum before signing their marriage certificates. They were followed by playwright LiYing Chien and her girlfriend, a cartoonist who goes by the pen name Cynical Chick. SEE ALSO: Taiwan parliament to vote on Asia’s first gay marriage bill Taiwan made history last week when it became the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage, sparking jubilation among huge crowds of gay rights supporters on the streets of Taipei. But the issue has also caused deep divisions on an island that remains staunchly conservative, especially outside of the cities and among older generations. Some 300 same-sex couples are expected to register on Friday, according to local authorities, around 150 in the capital Taipei which boasts a thriving and vocal gay community. The city hall will co-host an outdoor wedding party near the famous Taipei 101 skyscraper, with local and foreign dignitaries expected to attend. ‘Nervous’ Among those planning to tie the knot on Friday was social worker Huang Mei-yu, marrying her partner You Ya-ting. “I am feeling nervous even though we already had a ceremony in 2012,” she told AFP, referring to a religious blessing conducted by a progressive Buddhist master. “But I am also very happy as it’s faster than I had expected. I had thought I would have to wait 10 more years,” she added. Taiwan’s gay couple Shane Lin (L) kisses Marc Yuan... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia





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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Thursday, 23 May



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