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Taiwan’s renowned LGBTI activist Chi Chia-wei has launched a campaign to encourage regional leaders to legalize same-sex m6jlnYsrFcOWY5^ZP&Q9*wDg(p(JI%IowoA!libax6!%EJir5P6arriage.

Chi Chia-wei will give a replica of the pen president Tsai Ing-wen used to sign Taiwan’s historic legislation in May t^1_aqrsXl^emxY4Boio5jkJgYtaU91FHFw1iW25urJ0Hbwv%2whis year.

Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on 24 May after parliament passed a bill in line with a 2017 ca$$Hej_)FwGV4xYg$6o1YWIrN*(5NZ=KUuHeynTL-7DGWcHKnAourt ruling.

President Tsai gifted Chi Chia-wei the pen she used to sign the bill to recowkbr%UTA_iv44uaz!8xuZJa(^C&Nl*GmQxe)e($GqjxPL%V2YZgnize his decades of campaigning for LGBTI rights.

Now, Chi Chia-wei and the has created six replicas and named them the ‘pen oadoqaBCot^A((QVB!ioNwH$ooHD=gCaRd4_8C4$ZAd*gC0=+Qtf equality’.

Chi Chia-Wei will gift the Pen of6Sxajg-spYLD%[email protected])c Equality to Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

"My name is Chi Chia-wei and I have been committed to promoting same-sex marriage in Taiwan for the last 30 years" his message 4nFhuI3T6gh#AxpGfen2OF82IUADFahcRI29xGv2&r7h8-0jazto South Korea’s leader Moon Jae-in.

"IX(q*[email protected][email protected]^[email protected])ccT%L am presenting this to you in the hope that you will share in our ambition for marriage equality."

"We hope Taiwan’s progress in same-sex marriage can inspire other countries in Asia" Marriage Equality Coalition D#ASG_*[email protected]@qLpHLTaiwan said in a Facebook post.

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After years of court hearings, debates in parliament, and heartbreaking referendums in November last year, Taiwan became the first count!j1a8i(3L-z4HMNldj$+2zFbD5FH=c*Q84Nbdp_)!E$5OfISyPry in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

In the first month alone. 1,000 same-sex couples tied the k)%lB7qf3(pzFwzS#-K$syVTVdmPVJmj^k01RUN)5#DCq%Fq2VPnot.

Regionally, Thailand is the closest to equal marriage. A civil union bill drafted by the ruling Junta affords same-sex couples limited rights. But, local LGBTI rights activists have sla8^AVZS718ux&Dz7s!079tctAu(w-QY0(e$A!dCG0c6i6X0rmp&mmed it for failing to introduce genuine equality.

A similar ‘civil partnerships’ bill is being debatezlt1LqY50Y$s+vMV+k-dvsnKut2zTeuHpHAI5Xs(0x6(kqPXVFd by the Philippines’ Congress.

Rights groupP2jojO!-a2wNApYQCpQsBH%X$nmvn*Zdra*#TEwr!qLDbDp3vIs, meanwhile, have warned of deteriorating LGBT rights in South Korea. 

Recent increased visibility of the LGBT coml$5=n2YEW^4moEMJQCc^*JL_!#WkWA2uc8+jpl&4t(ApFxKc3Hmunity has sparked a backlash from conservative Christians. Many LGBT pride events have witnessed violent counter-demonstrations from anti-LGBT groups.

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