Taiwan gay couples urge foreign marriage rights after Tsai win

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01/21/2020

Rights groups and gay couples called on Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen Tuesday to cement the island’s reputation as a bastion of LGBT rights by recognising international same-sex marriages following her landslide re-election victory. Taiwan is at the vanguard of the burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia and became the first place in the region to legalise gay marriages last year after a bruising political fight. Nearly 3,000 couples have since wed as of December but rights advocates say the law still contains restrictions not faced by heterosexual couples. Same-sex couples can only wed foreigners from countries where gay marriage is also recognised and can only adopt their partners’ biological children.

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