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First Couples Say ‘I Do’ in Taiwan After Same-Sex Is Marriage Legalized http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/time/topstories/~3/hT0A2X8ffLc/ May 24th 2019, 06:16
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Tears flowed and bouquets flew on Friday as hundreds of same-sex couples exchanged vows in Taipei’s Shinyi District. Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage when its legislature voted to approve the measure last week. Thousands gathered in the streets to celebrate the landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia, where gay people can face stigma for varying reasons from religion to conservative values. The new laws went into effect Friday, and hundreds of history-making Taiwanese couples planned to get married en masse. Here is a look at some of the first same-sex couples to wed in Asia.
Shane Lin and Marc Yuan became one of Taiwan’s first gay couples to tie the knot.
Sam Yeh—AFP/Getty Images Taiwan’s first gay couple Shane Lin (L) and Marc Yuan kiss outside the Household Registration Office in Shinyi district in Taipei on May 24, 2019. It was an emotional moment for the couple, who shed a few tears during the ceremony.
Sam Yeh—AFP/Getty Images Shane Lin (C) is comforted by his partner Marc Yuan (R) and a friend during a wedding ceremony in Shinyi district in Taipei on May 24, 2019.
Other couples waited their turn for their turn to wed.
Sam Yeh—AFP/Getty Images Gay couple Cynical Chick (L) and Li Ying-Chien wait for wedding register at the Household Registration Office in Shinyi district in Taipei on May 24, 2019. One couple showed off their marriage registration picture, an AFP reporter shared on Twitter.
A Taiwan lesbian couple showed their new ID card to media after registered their marriage #Taiwan #gayrights pic.twitter.com/9jjiy66Yi4 — Amber Wang (@ambermywang) May 24, 2019
Other couples posed for photos, as a DW reporter posted on Twitter.
Finishing off this happy day, I just want to say how fortunate I am to be able to document this historic moment for #Taiwan, all the couples who got married today and myself. Knowing that from this day forward, I’ll have equal rights to love and marry is a real comfort. pic.twitter.com/7w9V6IYkNO — William Yang (@WilliamYang120) May 24, 2019
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