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At least 2,025 same-sex couples have got married in the five months since Taiwan legalized same-sex 5aasQ=MyMF$n6YZ1m-AMQQj*bnrdts^00NcZ!O4Eshk8V4!1iwmarriage, a cabinet spokesperson said on Friday.

It c3C2l#[email protected]*lkF8_pP^6$u+&_K6bHomes as Taipei prepares for the largest-ever LGBT pride parade in Asia. 

Some 200,000 people are expected t#)L&HI)TD&U7kmDFBImaKE9zzzrqH-!W#EhNF-NA0^[email protected]o march from Taipei’s City Hall to the Presidential Office on Saturday. 

It is the first pride parade since TaiwauTIR9vI&$EbS-#&ViXboNyocQagrpRkkfeJP_ua((AjgtCMR^On became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage in May. It is also the first time that Taiwan Pride expanded to include weeks of cultural events.

For the first time, the parade will start from Taipei City Hall PlaGRxnQ#%z-7%[email protected][email protected]#[email protected]^p%l(za and travel across the city to the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard.

A newly-installed raXg)f03TyCpJ6sSrvmGs^RKje9rR_84w7BC-l%dByXluSuvfYuqinbow crossing has proved popular with Taipei citizens, with people sharing photos and selfies of the crossing on social media.

Google this week updated the maps for the city to show the parade route#g1LkbtFbN*JGDs(#wv2D4f7^YpM%N52g6Yh$^C)[email protected] in rainbow colors. 

First in Asia

After court rulings, referendums, and drama in parliament, Taiwan on 1pG9QoR0hU#iFxn%$++*[email protected]@KTE1mJ_$u9KrlidzQm)KBZH4d7 May finally enacted a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry.

But, it does not afford them e0+boZYSPsW1rHK$UelCWvs3pmB*-ecWl^5$KDkn=A^hUUfgTSkxactly the same rights as same-sex couples. For example, same-sex couples may only adopt a child if it is the biological child of one of the couple.

The bill also limits transnational marriages. For a foreign national to marry bBHJ%-4eCZAsBUiWM60nG%n#)%BQyjp+)_BBXpm(G*LHmmx9iiin Taiwan, same-sex marriage must be legal in their own country.

Taiwan’s parliament approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday 17 May. It voted in favor of a governm[email protected][email protected])[email protected]=kpN8kNent bill offering same-sex couples similar rights to opposite-sex couples after years of court rulings, referendums, and tussles in parliament.

The government bill, which largely avoids the term ‘marriage’, has been labeled a compromise by LGBTI rights campaigners.
In 2017, the country’s highest court ruled the Civil Code was unconstitutional for failing to recognize same-sex marriage.

But, in a bitterly-fought referendum, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate marriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality1*yBi3-FLZqE2jiA+5C+&^OcgUVmXS5vzffq_9p-gExH+Bb0Zl.

LGBTI rights campaigners accused conservative and Christian groups of running a well-fu7hB%^R*HSxmj3_SN%RstjSCy8UFOf3CS=l$DnKqO4P^=m+VdxTnded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.

The crucial 4th3Kbs0xVM7O*_Ob%_=a&sdpxDE&I*1ZA(b*2pX^mB8n3jy9N*d& line of the bill passed with 93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstaining.

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