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At least 2,025 same-sex couples have got married in the five mAOS5g1ijhV-lsdbC&l$0!v*Ht7pv5g$lXU25k8hWzctUFYQT&0onths since Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage, a cabinet spokesperson said on Friday.

It comes as Taipei prepares for the largeshNaOIZzwz=-NSnEP53Bp3b!EhmFlxG#[email protected]^Dl0B%Wt-ever LGBT pride parade in Asia. 

Somesrs#W2DqAqc43)zvhzT^NSPKBkbVC#@rdewnlRol=lV5ZFZsRi 200,000 people are expected to march from Taipei’s City Hall to the Presidential Office on Saturday. 

It is the first pride parade since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage in Mu8THsQwJX)OryA%g$dY5_WhiTg*[email protected]*aLV8$Y(OEpgsc2lGHDmay. 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 0VO2rw_dSyaoQLuYV#F4zML94uQJ-r1NV6TQhlsxA_1^=f8b8(City Hall Plaza and travel across the city to the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard.

A newly-[email protected]*D5#vrR-Wwa632-gS_eb+#I#FP*S)ginstalled rainbow crossing has proved popular with Taipei citizens, with people sharing photos and selfies of the crossing on social media.

qh=KNSod2HnGdRQPYDe76^[email protected]%f+vX$Google this week updated the maps for the city to show the parade route in rainbow colors. 

First in Asia

After court rulings, referendums, and drama in parliament, Taiwan on 17 May finally ensv!ABkQtW-ovNc9UHHe8$a03U^yVaSf2HQmNYlW=HEQ3dSLT&bacted 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-A-ZLBHNX*[email protected][email protected]*V5SDaa=V9nj&v#CGbsex couples may only adopt a child if it is the biological child of one of the couple.

The bill alsX_6(KOdL3GCGtPVm83bBg7YK4$O$uenF_*BhMaXb&B49xl#KJ6o limits transnational marriages. For a foreign national to marry in 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 government bill offering same-sex couples similar rights to opposite-sex couples after years of court rulings, referendums, and tusslesy45)xj3qA^9tmIkI6i4M$&5E+IuEOMjWRzFxFuFKDVbF09etB7 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-foug[email protected](RqkKbIiS6WNyA=gvHvX1+a(s7_CN5x)+%mxm7$x5ht referendum, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate marriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality.

LGBTI rights campaigners acXS1M&3_)[email protected]#B0j4xKDDS+M0([email protected])(18z9scused conservative and Christian groups of running a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.

The crucial 4th line of the bill passed wi[email protected]_&_#@6Ix+dh#jlmtQXr=mNwgJLHI+B4h%P_th 93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstaining.

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