TAIWAN: Hundreds Marry As Law Goes Into Effect

The CBC reports:

More than 360 same-sex couples tied the knot in emotional scenes in Taiwan on Friday, the first legal marriages in Asia hailed by activists as a social revolution for the region. The government data was released after Taiwan’s parliament passed a bill last week that endorsed same-sex marriage, although the measure could complicate President Tsai Ing-wen’s bid for re-election next year.

Twenty couples queued at a marriage registration office Friday in downtown Taipei, where rainbow flags were on display alongside stacks of government-issued, rainbow-themed registration forms. “I feel very lucky that I can say this out loud to everyone: I am gay and I am getting married,” said Shane Lin, a 31-year-old baker who with his partner were the first couple to register in the Taipei office.