Gay couple become first in Taiwan to adopt after legal battle – but victory is bittersweet

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01/17/2022

A married gay couple has become the first in Taiwan to adopt a child together – but their legal victory hasn’t been extended to other couples like them. Husbands Wang Chen-wei and Chen Chun-ju made history as they signed adoption papers on Thursday (13 January), marking the end of a long legal fight for their family. Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise marriage equality in 2019, pushing the law through despite 72 per cent of the country voting against the change in a referendum. However LGBT+ adoption lags behind. Under current law, it is only possible for a person in a same-sex relationship to adopt their partner’s biological child.

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