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Taiwan’s renowned LGBTI activist Chi CWEsfP29OomwEPXVAge2*[email protected]=oG_fXpkhVX8AZZC_+f%hia-wei has launched a campaign to encourage regional leaders to legalize same-sex marriage.

Chi Chia-wei will give a replica of the pen president Tsai Ing-wen used to sign Taiwan’s historic legislation in May this yearLvXL&Em!&9pT6$%bJBpWiW2O90SE-%(n7xAKNmg^WcCFCOi3S$.

Taiwan became the first country in Asia [email protected]=EquL3V%W&hvIrfL6xQQAB2zAvzesJv-Daxto legalize same-sex marriage on 24 May after parliament passed a bill in line with a 2017 court ruling.

President Tsai gifted ChixL_=8l+EB-HbsTvsq#hfV^$t4y)9UXt^[email protected])&VUyiogqDZwM Chia-wei the pen she used to sign the bill to recognize his decades of campaigning for LGBTI rights.

Now, Chi Chia-wei and the has created six replicas and named them the ‘pen of equgn#C+$M*l-XvX9eH!MDlyVJ!vL2&GGFgs0Zi7%bMjb4rk5#TBIality’.

Chi Chia-Wei will gift the Pen of Equality to Korea, the Philippines, Thailand W%YW_V4E#9nu_*BUU-4fu-xaCzFnrY0)Wa=2NcFfz9zHBpk=vsand 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 to South Koral9!pJoYY2jWrzcg=432Q7uw%[email protected]+=yqqI_(EVE!OdA1g(Hea’s leader Moon Jae-in.

"I am presenting this to y3USWzHiFi6_9wX#*[email protected]%uZo#S1yD^rlGdIu1%_8Oou in the hope that you will share in our ambition for marriage equality."

"We hope Taiwan’s progress in same-sex mav8zVUAz1Jbf*PB1kjIV9d(=fe3GZXfbsMdFO2(Ot=RLLdN3VyJrriage can inspire other countries in Asia" Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan said in a Facebook post.

Regional rights

After years of court hearings, debates in parliamez2+w=u3uNNYkGVxRBNGsImDO2c$%^7Ex1Eu2zt(UDr(@$dxLE0nt, and heartbreaking referendums in November last year, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

In the firs5cK2tKKsrpO*0a%q&Qqwh%x9Y$#OU&gnbg^3G2sPz*b&O$8FRMt month alone. 1,000 same-sex couples tied the knot.

Regionally, Thailand is the closest to equX5Bi2poH3rWQSoZ#g*$aqotK=r8#@dq(%bBoNYaL6KLc9lwSxCal marriage. A civil union bill drafted by the ruling Junta affords same-sex couples limited rights. But, local LGBTI rights activists have slammed it for failing to introduce genuine equality.

A similar ‘civil partnerships’ bill is being debated by the Philippines’ CongressiNRYLlESl6PAAl%zmvXTc=qdIQTl47MW*tKmoi4!LuwJB%Uzvf.

Rights groups, meanwhile, have warned of deteZCn*dE73Qox*ow&3j6W9gLqs!+SIclJ8q#[email protected]riorating LGBT rights in South Korea. 

Recent increased visibility of the LGBT community has sparked a backlash from conservative Christians. Many LGBT pride events have witnessed violent counteSi*NM86!Kd43yrV=_YyjagVzk1WzI)RcI=56Dlyxnp3uoxcPEBr-demonstrations from anti-LGBT groups.

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