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  • Two men display signs with 'LOVE IS LOVE' during the Taipei Gay Pride March in 2017.

    Two men display signs with 'LOVE IS LOVE' during the Taipei Gay Pride March in 2017. | Photo: EFE

Published 25 April 2019

While marriage, according to civil law, will still be defined as a union between a man and a woman, same-sex couples will now enjoy the same legal protections for marriage as heterosexuals.

Same-sex marriage will officially be legal in Taiwan on May 24 and celebrated with over 150 couples planning to tie the knot on the historic date.

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The new law is the first such bill drafted in Asia and has received backlash from conservative groups on the continent. The edict has introduced renewed debates surrounding marriage equality in the region.

While marriage, according to civil law, will still be defined as a union between a man and a woman, same-sex couples will now enjoy the same legal protections for marriage as heterosexuals.

Many human rights groups are enthusiastically promoting the legislation, and organizing events to celebrate with the LGBTQ community.

On May 25, the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCRP) will be hosting a large wedding reception outside the Presidential Office. Equal Marriage Taiwan has been gathering and sharing encouraging messages, from lawmakers and celebrities, to congratulate same-sex couples on the upcoming milestone.

Over 4,000 same-sex couples have registered to be married in 2018.

Equal Marriage Taiwan's PR manager Benson Lee stated that the organization is "looking forward to seeing the first same-sex marriage in Asia, and to show the world that Taiwan proudly has its own democratic constitution and diversity values."

Several global companies have also backed Taiwan's decision, with expectations that the legislation will boost the island's economy. The companies include Google, Airbnb, Deutsche Bank, EY, Mastercard and Microsoft. 

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