MTaiwan made history on Friday with the first gay marriages in Asia. The first same-sex couples formed a bond in Taipei this morning. Only a week earlier, the parliament passed a law introducing gay marriage.
Several dozen gay and lesbian couples were among the first to appear on a Friday morning in an administrative office in Taipei to register their relationship as a marriage. Then they hugged and kissed the waiting journalists and proudly waved their marriage certificates and new ID cards, which they identify as married in the future.
Among the couples were social worker Huang Mei Yu and her partner You Ya Ting. Both had been blessed in 2012 by a progressive Buddhist priest, but did not want to renounce marriage with the same rights as heterosexuals. "It took a long time, but I am happy that we are allowed to experience it," said Huang, beaming at her bridal bouquet. "Now that same-sex marriage is legally recognized, my parents may finally stop trying to persuade me to marry a man."
As the very first couple, Shane Lin and his partner Marc Yuan, who had met while studying, married. "It was not always easy, and I'm glad I had the support of my better half, my family, and friends," Lin said, crying. "I'm really proud that my country is so advanced."
Two years ago, the Constitutional Court ruled that a ban on homosexual marriage violated the Constitution. The judges put a deadline to the government until May 24 of this year to make appropriate legislative changes. Conservative politicians and religious groups have tried to prevent reform in recent months.
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