Taiwan LGBTQ activists hold Valentine’s Day marriage law protest


LGBTQ activists in Taiwan braved a Valentine’s Day downpour Monday to protest against the island’s same-sex marriage law, which critics say falls short of full recognition for many international couples. Under the law, Taiwanese people may legally wed foreigners but only from countries that also recognise marriage equality. Taiwan’s courts have been open to considering challenges on a case by case basis, but that requires the presence of both partners — an impossible task for many as foreign tourists are banned during the pandemic. “It’s not me who loves the wrong person — it’s the government that fails to correct its mistake,” said Andrew Chuang, who has been separated from his Japanese partner for more than two years.

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