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.
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.