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Same-sex couples start registering marriages in Taiwan

/ 03:41 PM May 24, 2019
Same-sex couples start registering marriages in Taiwan

Two same-sex couples seal their legal marriage with a kiss at the registration office in Xingyi District in Taipei, Taiwan on May 24, 2019.  AP

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hundreds of same-sex couples in Taiwan are rushing to get married on the first day a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage takes effect.

One household registration office in Taipei was packed Friday as couples seized the earliest opportunity to tie the knot.

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Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage last week in a legislative vote on a cause that LGBT rights activists on the island have championed for two decades.

A Taipei resident who identified himself only by a nickname said he and his partner feel lucky that they are able to tell everyone that they have gotten married.

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Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior said about 300 same-sex couples are expected to register Friday. (Editor: Eden Estopace)

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