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Taiwan’s renowned LGBTI activist Chi Chia-wei ha78mkTR-o1WlCgu+QpU6PVqr7iM0Uima2V=cwCD1wY#LcHKAh#os 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 his6hURG&!u=Sgx)[email protected]))wDKTKR&ZmKLNdjzK$nQ1toric legislation in May this year.

Taiwan becamB#!nZBT([email protected](hSLI5sh^M1Ci*ZF1qxNxGI6gkIJol=f!e the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on 24 May after parliament passed a bill in line with a 2017 court ruling.

President dfwHgmT%IhYH#9^[email protected]Tsai gifted Chi 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 the!RxyvzN)v$A^_u4C_=e&g5mOfLPQ$YMU3Uaza+mFsgRN6VuzbMm the ‘pen of equality’.

Chi Chia-Wei will gift the PeU6CW7F2iN)6_2!%6v0f=c7QW*(%WxGM6Z#wJqQwwU1CwuDgX+Fn of 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 to South K8)eyVYwO%-T3*sV7T!iOz-FmkNe&nqrB^Gf#kGC^D53pbYj0JKorea’s leader Moon Jae-in.

"I am presentingP0*mp(XOo-ZtdWO$=sPd0XJRoV7AhnGbk(N!adEb#Q%nEKSPDi 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 AsiRJXYOwn$Wb3s=fC&4!61)xwk7^Z#O8aToBZokIIF*YWJIu06tQa" Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan said in a Facebook post.

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After years of court hearings, deb[email protected]!zOO1yLrmYg^fuRlUGs3aZrPAEvbH#zyZ(N*Umf^ates 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 couples tied thACgvwbLg5zTetB^!32M&0Q$Yoc20PDKk&CoU5E^@B=b%T3Dk!_e knot.

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 slammed it for failing to introduce ge+Ka8xBWvtKy#$3P([email protected]*94bxUEV$$D=2qb^K$(LeBP(fD*nuine equality.

A similar ‘civil partnerships’ bi[email protected]!L&oZgABT-M^[email protected]*UTwe=JFXOP7Ti3(Wll is being debated by the Philippines’ Congress.

Rights groups, meanwhile, QJeRPwSI)9shE=2kwjt*MuTIz_Kbj_&U+zog*CKa=siSUCno!Ghave warned of deteriorating LGBT rights in South Korea. 

Recen!DSUGnYmFg3HeEv!HQ=+=*jfIdwS_T*^*KPxkmfCr!h)^aOL^8t increased visibility of the LGBT community has sparked a backlash from conservative Christians. Many LGBT pride events have witnessed violent counter-demonstrations from anti-LGBT groups.

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