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At least 2,025 same-sex couples have got married in the five months since Taiwan legalizedY2CDDPX_I6$TNvi8h8HYYc^@qSu2E&)%x=4Ohr(H4vDIQq*Do4 same-sex marriage, a cabinet spokesperson said on Friday.

It comes as Taipei prepares for the largest-ever LGBT pride paf^d!&dUjtdYmVDBE=+Z8V)[email protected]#^w1cjvWN3rade in Asia. 

Some 200,000 people are expected to march from Taipei’s City Hall to the Presidential Office on SaPBqF_Irx3FwajjwvHEs_eqzZQ1bPcVAxRTx0ScAyVdpJRMggsqturday. 

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 tx6Njy3XDFxsEL#EqQ&a2PA1&yzxr&#wf^h^vL7ud0qN6!v5VqChat Taiwan Pride expanded to include weeks of cultural events.

For the first time, the parade will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel across the city to the Presidential Palace at[email protected]$IUbdUhe9xvRsX0s2Ins!zT&iI%%7u Ketagalan Boulevard.

A newly-installed rainbow crossing has proved popular with Taipei citizens, with peopleC!WSXZXUtyrs6uol&GdD+kUjDVsjf-CjMNVIV+$sSZqB=mePMn sharing photos and selfies of the crossing on social media.

Google this week updated the maps for the c+&wXYKg5!*-OiMmI_P&Wa2tEEsIE!TbJHA(Hz1QPIXCA71ll0^ity to show the parade route in rainbow colors. 

First in Asia

After court rulings, referendums, and dra8X8pOv=$WfMczbO04&x6kaf(V#2zmy5P81=qppDv-1BDYuN%A_ma in parliament, Taiwan on 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 only adopt a child if it lSxTjobhkJ)tAOncUIS*LvK5lFnDT1G%k%wX%CIHUpVL__g^=0is the biological child of one of the couple.

The bill also limits transnational marriages. For a foreign national to marry in Taiwan, same-sex marr[email protected]+a6XmyMipzTqKwT)5$Tfiage 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 [email protected]$-1&MjcQPPao6&C39VYwqKVyears 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 referendum2^#P8r6^5$99wX5^Xc2h3=K=%MwNZ^rg8wvC!Z5CC-rVgF1KQj, most Taiwanese citizens opted for a separate marriage law rather than changing the civil code which would have brought genuine equality.

LGBTId^SWeHAGg)-1e5RtQp0-2*VZS!lfKcNK(uxE#SyIcjK&my#q+W rights campaigners accused conservative and Christian groups of running a well-funded campaign of hate and scare-mongering.

TLXigY2pV)EGSbvRE%zWf=cQ=^ZU_MaCD#8kCed(ElZ6FNbmC$Fhe crucial 4th line of the bill passed with 93 lawmakers voting for the bill, 66 opposing, and 27 abstaining.

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