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At least 2,025 same-sex couples have got married in the five months since Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage, a cabinet spokesperson said on FridpQe192*YHc!b59SapEEgYlz3lNvBq1Yv^[email protected]$NDUay.

It comes as Taipei prepares for thaFV&w*HP^TKH#nxuK8rHuAvyPDAK+oWy3V_eTSq0B#WVp+=J*Oe largest-ever LGBT pride parade in Asia. 

Some 200,000 people are expected to march from Taipei’s City Hall to the Presidential Office on WCLwa7sfKKLgb1EjTh7HrE$LP!*OSXij*bWLibUKge(0&ga2OLSaturday. 

It is the first pride parade since Taiwan 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 wee8vC+2Tt+JdKaTMm34rgVCz36WWj$x0o%bhEdWXWDQeFkpGA72cks of cultural events.

For th[email protected])EoC5$X7PH4OA%BgHJj8hgmYLn&J0-k6_Ne first time, the parade will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel across the city to the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard.

A newly-installed rainbow crossing has proved popular with Taipei citizens, with peowxr9Oj=0%%g#D4VmSLpA^ZPO)[email protected])67TvQ3-&kQL4ple sharing photos and selfies of the crossing on social media.

Google this week updated the &#Lp6HU=eWebzw%)OaOn*&jGHDQOFZeaz5OX)ex0*JNyz$g6yFmaps for the city to show the parade route in rainbow colors. 

First in Asia

After court rulings, referendums, and drama in parliament, Taiwan onbhxQp2-)$2WOKk(p1Sd^HUpHcRI2vhn)Dc0i5diE4EtDML0oGq 17 May finally enacted a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry.

But, it does not afford them exactly the same rights as same-sex couples. For example, same-sex couples may-*KL+bTWnH-U2^n$+_^E97G5Wi=oc4C11v1N%GZrfgE9+2DZzw 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 in Taiwan, same-sex marriage must be legal in their 5A#[email protected]*FaJlxr#b_vGgqiCl([email protected]&Bj+gZ0*oown country.

Taiwan’s parliament approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday 17 May. It voted in favor of a government bill offeri[email protected]=I5zrA4Q3SqL7-f6A1IkjQl3ng 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 bittQyJnh!^nqy^SdE6UuvqLY_8eF$9pnfUcGVFXdbzNdkf33#01Y5erly-fought referendum, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate marriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality.

LGB-+HGL_(TM%(RJG%w-B0=%[email protected]*[email protected]+V_&whNN7UTI rights campaigners accused conservative and Christian groups of running a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.

The crucial 4th line of the bill passed with 93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstaining[email protected](35RyN)xlhYcQl%j4gT+WORUVcWH.

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