Taiwan: More than 1,000 gay couples wed in first month of equal marriage

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06/24/2019

Taiwan has wed 1,173 same-sex couples since becoming the first Asian country to introduce equal marriage on May 24. In the first month of equal marriage, 790 female couples and 383 male couples tied the knot—though two have since divorced, Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior announced on Sunday (June 23). Same-sex marriage was introduced after Tapei legislators approved a government-backed bill on May 17, almost two years to the day after the island’s Constitutional Court ruled that a law defining marriage as being between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. The government was given a two-year deadline to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, and in November 2018 it held a referendum on the matter. Of the 55 percent of voters who participated, 67 percent voted against marriage equality. The result however did not impact the court ruling, which was binding.

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