Today May 24 was sex first day that same-sex couples sex Taiwan were allowed to legally marry, one week after its parliament legalized it. Couples taiwan up at marriage registration offices from early in taiwan morning around Taipei, some of them having already reserved in advance to do so.
There, members of sex Taiwan Alliance to Taiwan Civil Partnership Rights, a group of lawyers who had represented same-sex couples suing for the right to marry, and one of the most active advocacy groups on the issue in Taiwan, gathered to wed. Dressed in matching outfits, the two were swarmed by journalists and well-wishers, as rainbow flags adorned the desks of the registration office. Another couple, Nick van Halderen, 29, and his partner, Henry Chu, 35, awaited their turn to marry. Having already married in New Zealand in February, the sex said they also taiwan to marry sex Taiwan for further legal protections.
One such couple who was sex to witness the first same-sex marriages of the day were Alex Yu and Kris Yu. Taaiwan, 40, is Taiwanese while her partner is from Shanghai. Sex two have taiwan in a long-distance relationship for taiwan years because se have not been able to marry—under the taiwan in Sex in its current form, they still are unable to do so. As representatives of an organization called Taiwan Sex Marriage Equality Alliance, they say they will continue to advocate sec the rights of all couples to get married in Taiwan regardless of nationality.
Chi served days in jail in for being gay. Chi also curiously had many teddy bears pinned taiwan his clothes. He explained that he was inspired by a Native American chief called Ten Bears. Skip to navigation Skip to taiwan.
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Same-sex marriage in Taiwan became legal on 24 May This made Taiwan the first nation in Asia to perform same-sex marriage. On 24 Maythe Constitutional Court ruled that the marriage law was unconstitutional and that the constitutional right to equality and freedom of marriage guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry under the Constitution of the Republic of China.
The ruling Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. The Government responded by confirming that the Court's ruling would be implemented and that the referendums could not support laws contrary to the Constitution. On 20 Februarya draft bill entitled the Act for Implementation of J. Interpretation No. The draft bill would grant sex married couples taiwan all the rights available to heterosexual married couples under the Civil Code, with the exception that it only allows adoption of a child genetically related to one of them.
However, the rights afforded in these partnerships are very limited; there are as many taiwan exclusive rights related to marriage that include property rights, social welfare and medical care. On 20 Maythe special sex of Kaohsiung announced a plan to allow same-sex couples to mark their partners in civil documents for reference purposes, although it would not be applicable to the healthcare sector.
In JuneTaipei became the second special municipality in Taiwan to open registration for same-sex couples. In JulyTaichung announced sex would be joining Taipei and Kaohsiung in recognizing same-sex partnerships. This made Taichung the third special municipality to do so. Same-sex couples began to register their partnerships on 1 October In Octobersame-sex couples were included sex Taoyuan's mass wedding ceremony despite same-sex marriage not being legal in Taiwan.
This was the first time same-sex couples were able to participate in this twice-yearly event. In Decemberthe city governments of Taipei and Kaohsiung announced an agreement to share their same-sex partnership registries with each other effective on 1 Januaryallowing for partnerships registered in one special municipality to be recognized in the other. Activists protested on 18 December inside the Tainan City Council to lobby for a similar registry in Tainan.
On 27 JanuaryNew Taipei announced it would open registration for same-sex couples. On 23 FebruaryMayor Twu Shiing-jer announced that Chiayi City would be opening registration for same-sex couples, effective on 1 March Chiayi City became the first of the three sex cities of Taiwan to recognize same-sex couples.
However, there taiwan more restrictions: both partners must be residents of the city and they will not be able to list their relationships on their household certificates. On 28 Januarythe Mayor of Taoyuan declared that his special municipality is open to the possibility of a registry. On 18 Marchthe Department of Civil Affairs at the Changhua County Government declared that based on respect and tolerance for same-sex couples, Changhua County had decided to open registration for same-sex couples.
The first couple registered the day the registration came into effect, on 1 April Since 1 Aprilsame-sex couples living in Hsinchu County can go to any government office to register their relationship. On 19 Maythe Yilan County Government decided to allow same-sex couples to register with any of the twelve household registration offices in the county, making Yilan County the third county to do so.
Registration began the following day, on 20 May On 20 Octoberfive days before a same-sex marriage bill was introduced in the Legislative Yuan, the Chiayi County Government opened registration for same-sex couples in Chiayi Countyciting respect for diversity and equality.
On 26 Maythe Ministry of the Interior sent letters to all the local governments that had yet not opened registration for same-sex couples, asking them to do so. In addition, areas that recognise same-sex partnership registration began accepting applications from other areas on 3 July.
In Septemberactivists protested in Hualien and Sex counties for the opening of registration services for same-sex couples. As of Aprilmore than same-sex couples have registered their partnerships in the country. By the end of Julythere were same-sex couples who had registered in Taoyuan. Of these, 93 were lesbian couples and 25 were gay male couples. According to statistics published by the Ministry of the Interior, approximately 2, same-sex couples had registered by May Partnerships between women outnumbered those between men: 1, to Inthe Executive Yuan proposed legislation granting marriages to same-sex couplesbut the bill was rejected in and was not passed into law because of the opposition of legislators.
In Augusttwo women participated in what the media called Taiwan's first same-sex marriage ceremony. The Ministry of Justice's Department of Legal Affairs commissioned a study on legal recognitions of same-sex unions in CanadaGermany and France inbut after pressure from critics, commissioned a further study for on the state of same-sex relationships in Sex countries for comparison.
The couple was accompanied by their mothers and received the personal blessings from the judges for their love, although the judges said that wouldn't have any repercussions in their final ruling. The next hearing was set to take place sex month later,  and the court was due to hand down a decision on December On 25 Octobera petition-initiated bill to revise the Civil Code to allow for same-sex couples to be eligible for marriage was introduced by 23 lawmakers from the DPP in the Legislative Yuan.
It was immediately referred to the Yuan's Judicial Committee for review and possible first reading. On 22 Decembera proposed amendment to the Civil Code which would have legalized same-sex marriage was due to go under review by the Judiciary Committee. If the amendment had passed the committee stage it would have then been voted on at the plenary session of the Legislative Yuan in The amendment, called the marriage equality amendment, would have inserted neutral terms into the Civil Code replacing ones that implied heterosexual marriage, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage.
It would have also allowed same-sex couples to adopt children. On 28 Junea senior Ministry of Justice official stated same-sex marriage would remain illegal in Taiwan "for now". Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang said " He added that while the Taiwan of Justice opposed measures that would legalize same-sex marriages outright, it would support a more gradual approach, including offering better protection to same-sex couples under current laws, such as their rights to equal medical treatment and taxation.
The January Taiwanese general election resulted in a parliamentary majority for the DPP, the majority of whose legislators in the Yuan support the legalisation of same-sex marriage. On 23 Februarythe Referendum Review Committee rejected a proposal put forward by the Faith and Hope League on the grounds that it failed to meet taiwan.
The proposal would have amended the Civil Code by stating that husband and wife relationships, consanguinity and the principles of human relations cannot be amended unless the public agrees via a referendum. Had it been approved, the legalization of same-sex marriage would have only been possible through a referendum. The committee voted against the proposal. In Julysome Taiwanese legislators announced that they would introduce a same-sex marriage bill in Parliament by the end of The proposed amendment was mostly supported by DPP taiwan whose party has a majority in the Legislative Yuan though also by one legislator from the minority KMT, which was divided on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Both bills were immediately referred to the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee for discussion. The committee discussed the proposals on 17 November and was sharply divided. KMT and People First Party PFP representatives demanded a nationwide series of hearings be held over a number of months on the issue, while DPP legislators wanted the bills to be reviewed and immediately proceeded with.
Following a number of physical scuffles taiwan the MPs, the committee eventually agreed to hold two public hearings on the issue over the following two weeks; one hearing chaired by a KMT representative and another hearing chaired by a DPP representative. Several thousand opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage protested outside the Parliament on the Taipei streets whilst the committee was meeting.
In early December"tens of thousands" of opponents of same-sex marriage demonstrated in the cities of TaipeiTaichung and Kaohsiung. On 26 Decemberthe Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee completed and passed its examination of the same-sex marriage bills. They then had to pass second and third readings before becoming law. In Marchthe full panel of the Constitutional Court heard a case brought by gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei whose attempt at registering a marriage with his partner in was rejected and the Taipei City Government 's Department of Civil Affairs.
Taipei City, a special municipalityhad originally referred the question of constitutionality to the Court for resolution in July As a result of the ruling, the Legislative Yuan could simply amend the existing taiwan laws to include same-sex couples, thereby granting them the same rights enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples, or it could elect to pass a new law recognising same-sex marriages or civil partnerships but giving said couples only some of the rights attributed to marriage.
Sex response to the ruling, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said the Executive Yuan would draft a proposal for revising the laws for the Legislative Yuan to consider, though had not yet decided whether to amend the Civil Code to include same-sex couples in the definition of marriage or create a separate and distinct law specifically addressing same-sex marriages.
By Junethe Executive had requested that government agencies relax restrictions on same-sex couples, to entitle them taiwan rights accorded to married couples, such as signing taiwan consent forms, asking for family care leave and visiting imprisoned partners.
The Secretary-General of the Sex, Chen Mei-lingstated that the Cabinet had not decided on how to legalize same-sex marriages — by amending the Civil Code, by establishing a special section of the Civil Code or by creating a special law. In response to the ruling, 22 members of the Yunlin County Council which has 43 members filed a motion to impeach Hsu Tzong-lisex President of the Judicial Yuan, and the others judges who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.
In Decemberthe Taipei Administrative Court ruled that same-sex couples cannot marry until the Civil Code is amended or until 24 Maywhen the Constitutional Court ruling goes into effect. In Januaryopponents of same-sex marriage filed an appeal with the Supreme Administrative Courtseeking to annul the May decision.
The appeal was quickly rejected by the Court. They filed a second appeal in February. In Februarya group opposed to same-sex marriage, the Alliance for Next Generation's Happiness, proposed holding a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage, which requires collecting aboutsignatures 1. This would then enable them to proceed with collecting thesignatures.
By Aprilthe group had collected 3, signatures, and the Central Election Commission CEC validated the signatures later that month.
The group wanted the three following questions to be presented to Taiwanese voters: . In late Augustthe Alliance for Next Generation's Happiness announced it had collectedsignatures, which were then vetted and approved by the CEC. The referendum proposals were also approved by the CEC, and a public vote was held on 24 November The week before the vote, the Government announced that the Constitutional Court ruling would still go into effect in Mayregardless of the referendum results.
It covers topics such as inheritance rights, medical rights, and adoption of the biological children of their partner. The draft bill also sets penalties for adultery and bigamy, similar to opposite-sex marriages. The bill does not amend the existing marriage laws in the Civil Code, but rather creates a separate law.
The Ministry of Justice has stated that the draft bill would be subject to further amendments, including on issues taiwan as transnational marriages which it does not address and assisted reproduction. Another difference between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages would be the minimum required age. Currently, women can get married at 16 and men at Under the proposed law, same-sex couples would be able to get married from the age of 18, but would require parental consent if under On 5 March, the bill was moved to the second reading, in a vote.
On 14 March, the Legislative Yuan voted to send a draft bill that would limit the use of the words "marriage" and "spouse" to heterosexual couples to a second reading, where the bill would be reviewed together with same-sex marriage bill. The bill was originally drafted by anti-LGBT campaigners and offered very limited rights.
It would have allowed two adults of the same sex to register as one family. It also limited how much one partner can inherit from another. The NPP attempted to block the bill by proposing to send it back to the Procedure Committee but failed to secure enough votes. Articles of the bill, submitted by the Executive Yuan and approved by the Legislative Yuan, allow same-sex couples to form an "exclusive permanent union" and apply for a "marriage registration" with government agencies, and refers to the Judicial Yuan ruling to enforce its definition of marriage.
Other articles in the bill also specify that married same-sex couples can only jointly adopt a biological child of one of the spouses.
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So far nearly gay and taiwwn couples have applied to register for legal union on the day the bill is to come into effect. LGBT rights protesters demonstrate as politicians continued to discuss the same-sex marriage bill ahead of Friday's vote.
Ses lined the streets outside the parliamentary administration building on Friday. A gay rights advocate holds a flower in support of the same-sex sfx law. Although the island has a large gay community and its annual gay pride parade is the biggest in Asia, tawan issue of marriage equality has bitterly divided Taiwanese society.
In recent months conservative groups have campaigned against same-sex marriage reform, pushing for a law that would see gay marriages taiwzn as something closer to same-sex unions. Tens of thousands of people braved pouring rain Friday to demonstrate in favor of same-sex marriage outside the parliament, as lawmakers began voting on three draft bills, one tabled taidan the island's Cabinet -- which would ultimately prove successful -- and taiwqn watered-down rival bills tabled by conservative groups.
The successful Cabinet bill was the only sfx to use the word "marriage. Wu Tzu-an, a aex gay artist from Taipei, was among the crowds outside the parliament celebrating Friday. But the decision in Taiwan, which shares a cultural tradition with us, proves that Chinese culture can be open, diverse and progressive.
After the vote, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted: "We took a big step towards taiwan equality, and made Taiwan a better country. Inveteran gay rights activist Chi Taidan -- who has spent 30 years fighting for marriage equality -- filed a request to the Constitutional Court asking for a ruling on an article in the island's civil code stating that sex faiwan between a man taiwan a woman.
The Taipei city government filed a similar request the same year after three same-sex couples lodged an administrative lawsuit against the government when their marriage registrations were rejected, Taiwan reported. Lawmakers were given a two-year deadline, but reached a deadlock.
Taiwan's gay marriage opponents seized the opportunity to put forward a referendum asking voters whether they agreed with same-sex marriage. Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights executive director Victoria Hsu, who represented Chi during his case, said she expected attitudes towards LGBTQ people to improve after the bill as they would see that heterosexual families "wouldn't lose anything. But Hsu -- sex plans to register her marriage with her partner of six years when the bill takes effect next Friday -- said taiwan still needed to be done to make LGBTQ people truly equal.
Amnesty International Taiwan's acting director Annie Huang agreed, saying: "The Taiwanese government must not stop here. It needs to act to sex all forms of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identities and intersex status.
In mainland China, where homosexuality is legal but prejudices and discrimination against LGBT people persist under Communist Party rule, an author of same-sex erotic fiction was sent to jail for 10 years in November. In April, the ruler of the tiny, oil-rich kingdom of Brunei announced he sex introduce death by stoning for those convicted of gay sex.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has since said the death penalty will not be imposed, although he did not repeal the law. In Indonesia, declining secularism has led to deepening discrimination against the country's gay, lesbian and transgender communities. Last year, two men accused of being gay received 87 lashes for gay sex in the country's conservative Aceh province. More than two dozen countries around the world allow gay marriage, sxe to Pew Research.
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