Are you sure you want to delete this comment? It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Thousands of people, including same-sex couples, demonstrated Friday morning in the rainy streets outside parliament before the vote. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Mass weddings are not only a Yemeni phenomenon. The other couple was Yumi Meng, 37, and 36-year-old army major Wang Yi. Gay couples plan mass weddings after Taiwan legalizes unions Gay couples in Taiwan are planning a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, in a first for Asia (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying). The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. No more excuses!". Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalised same-sex marriage, with more than 4,000 such couples marrying since the legislation passed in May 2019. Despite that, news of Taiwan's new law was a major trending topic on social media in China, with more than 100 million views on the Twitter-like microblogging site Weibo. According to the Pew Research Center, around 30 countries and territories across the world have passed laws that allow gays and lesbians to marry, but they are mostly in Europe and the Americas. In 2018, India’s Supreme Court  decriminalised sexual relations between same-sex couples. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. During the ceremony, they also carried a pride flag. Lesbian couple Wang Yi, right, Yumi Meng and General Chen Pao-Yu pose for a photo during a military mass wedding ceremony in Taoyuan city. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.

News World Asia. Taiwan's acceptance of gay and lesbian relationships began in the 1990s when leaders in today's ruling Democratic Progressive Party championed the cause to help Taiwan stand out in Asia as an open society. They plan to register after May 24. In November 2018, a majority of Taiwan voters rejected same-sex marriage in an advisory referendum. Lesbian couple Chen Ying-hsuan, right, and Li Li-chen tied the knot in a mass ceremony held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic step for the island. That attitude was on full display Friday as it welcomed dozens of reporters to the wedding. They each carried a pride flag throughout the ceremony. TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. ), Two lesbian couples married in Taiwan mass military wedding, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. There are 30 countries across the world that allows same … The vote Friday allows same-sex couples full legal marriage rights, including in areas such as taxes, insurance and child custody. Legislators pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organizations opposed to the move on Friday approved most of a government-sponsored bill that recognizes same-sex marriages and gives couples many of the tax, insurance and child custody benefits available to male-female married couples. Meng's parents had not come to the celebration, but both of Wang's parents as well as her teacher came out to support the couple. Two lesbian couples married in Taiwan mass military wedding for first time.

The military seemed an unlikely institution to be the site of a same-sex marriage, but in recent years, has opened up, said Victoria Hsu, the Co-founder of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights. At least 20 same-sex couples are planning a mass marriage registration in Taipei on May 24, a spokesman for the advocacy group Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan said. Costa Rica’s highest court in 2018 ruled that a law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, and in May 2020 it became the first Central American nation to allow same-sex marriage. Yumi Meng, 37, and her wife, army Major Wang Yi, 36, wiped back tears as they exchanged rings. Though Meng's parents were not part of the celebrations both of Wang's parents attended as well as her teacher. “We are hoping that more LGBT people in the military can bravely stand up, because our military is very open-minded. All rights reserved. “We hope this is a good sign to show that the armed forces’ attitude towards the LGBT community is becoming more supportive than before in Taiwan.". Mass weddings, often held in sports stadiums with tens of thousands of couples, have long been a signature feature of the church, founded by … The newlyweds and hundreds of invitees will hold a mass party a day later on a blocked-off boulevard outside the presidential office, the event organizer said. Although claimed by China as its own territory, Taiwan is a self-governing democracy with a vibrant civil society dedicated to promoting rights for sexual and ethnic minorities, women, the handicapped and others. Wearing a rainbow wristband to show inclusivity, 27-year-old army lieutenant Chen Ying-hsuan, who married Li Li-chen, 26, said that they are “hoping that more LGBT people in the military can bravely stand up, because our military is very open-minded”. However, legislators favoring the bill, and voting separately on each item largely along party lines, said it followed the law as well as the spirit of the referendum. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. “Perhaps for heterosexual couples, it's just a paper, but it's very important for gay couples, if you're sick or have to have a major surgery, if you don't have this, then you are nothing, you can't make a decision.”. Religion, conservative values and political systems that discourage LGBT activism have slowed momentum toward same-sex marriage in many Asian countries from Japan through much of Southeast Asia, although Thailand is exploring the legalization of same-sex civil partnerships. "It's a breakthrough, I have to say so," said Shiau Hong-chi, professor of gender studies and communications management at Shih-Hsin University in Taiwan. "This is going to cause a lot of morality problems," said Lin Shih-min with the Taiwan political action group Stability of Power, which opposed the law. Taiwan: Gay couples in Taiwan plan a mass wedding registration after lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for … The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles.

“I really feel that this is a huge breakthrough for the military because before gay people really had to go through a lot,” said Amy Chao, mother to Wang. Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic first celebration with their peers. But their marriage is still not recognised and the issue is now being discussed by Indian courts.

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East Asia News -GAPYEONG (South Korea) (AFP) - Thousands of couples - some in face masks - tied the knot in a mass Unification Church wedding on … Mainland China, ruled by the authoritarian Communist Party, remains much more conservative and officials have repeatedly discouraged even the discussion of legalizing same-sex marriage. “In matters of love, everyone will be treated equally,” said Chen while noting that she was always open about her sexual orientation while serving. Iran has hosted mass weddings since the mid-1990s, in part to aid the poor and in part to … "I think once more people are married and more families are more comfortable being out in public, that will naturally have a beneficial impact on society and on people's minds," Lin said. “Our attitude is that everyone should be treated equally, and we congratulate each and every couple, and this shows that our military’s position is open-minded, progressive and with the times,” Lt. General Yang An told reporters at the wedding.