The typically drab Household Registration Office in Xinyi District in Taipei, Taiwan, was filled with color today (5-24-19) the first day same-sex couples were allowed to register to be married.
PHOTO CREDIT: Tyrone Siu/Reuters via NY Times
Today, gay couples made history by getting hitched in Taiwan, the first country in Asia to legally recognize same-sex marriages. One week ago, the Taiwan legislature voted to officially recognize same-sex marriage and today the law went into effect, with one couple after another exercising their new legal right to register their unions.
“What we have achieved is not easy. The law will not be 100% perfect, but this is a good start and this is a major step to end discrimination based on sexual orientation. Now the law says everyone should be treated equally no matter who you are, who you love.” ~ Victoria Hsu, Founder/Executive Director, Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights via The Guardian
While Taiwan still has restrictions on adoption for same-sex couples, as well as which nationalities can get married, this is indeed a major step forward for LGBTQ rights. Many are hoping that other countries in Asia will also follow suit.