Taiwan’s renowned LGBTI activist Chi Chia-wei has launched a campaign to encourage regional leaders to legalvEX9!)[email protected]%f$i-ci%7bDRi92t-hHT%J0+9qiugOize same-sex marriage.
Chi Chia-wei will give a replica of the pen presidenRZ7M%TUK7*dpydUlHl^&y8w%Gkgfn#-KG2ordVl4ZXQ&szsNl-t Tsai Ing-wen used to sign Taiwan’s historic legislation in May this year.
Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on 24 May after parliamentWn^@MDHsh-la8AmMcgJ#Xbhtunq^KNj&k_84_JBc-rMqbmtI*x passed a bill in line with a 2017 court ruling.
President Tsai gifted Chi Chia-wei the pen she used to sign the bill to recognize his decades of campaigning for LGBTI rightsQ*[email protected](OBOpA^_Ofw2iWt)$FwD%h%t&jLUVm.
N^KI(Bep8mhBH13#sSnjaUr#[email protected]_MGiIow, Chi Chia-wei and the has created six replicas and named them the ‘pen of equality’.
Chi Chia-Wei will gift the Pen of Equality to Korea, the Philippines, TIlRFXL2gwBT#1KlrjUlv9m4t=a4=Gg0C_(Nlz%km7_(1ynvJ5&hailand 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 to South KorD!e8hs%[email protected]&4H^w6Rlea’s leader Moon Jae-in.
"I am presenting this to you in the hope that you will share in our ambition for marriage equO(uKU^[email protected]$Dx+7GvSW(D!RPu#^QxrWq2=)mJUR1M1^+mLzJality."
"We hope Taiwan’s progresh=ORrDluE*[email protected]_=Q%x(h([email protected](aK#-aIbRgJzEs in same-sex marriage can inspire other countries in Asia" Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan said in a Facebook post.
kJqrkzaYmGuadGvDs4i83tPA=$2jSG^exzg!AMeH%9)VMgxdU7After years of court hearings, debates in parliament, and heartbreaking referendums in November last year, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.
In the first month alone. 1,000 same-sex Z6_Bb7Zm8^*a6L3WF+QNfe%1=9Gr6hefVSlycqnf-H7(kh!vtDcouples tied the knot.
Regionally, Thailand is the closest to equal marriage. A civil union bill drafted by the ruling Junta affords same-sex couM%[email protected]!F5cw^CF5apczd639x*Z=e0rdo(8oa0mples 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’ Cong#%Bu=D4QmDzWdSFjphG5yE%-uxAeel#QEIwdp_4*[email protected]=$2Xgtress.
Rights groups, meanwhile, have warned of deterioratingFVmCQpGMFB#HQSspZEZjB)g&YQoDnE([email protected]_E(IHV*$ssC29#O 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 counter-zMB$U#a*[email protected]=jSnZV(h3q9-YPbLF9c3dS*6mjQ6!JFJ3KM%demonstrations from anti-LGBT groups.