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.
“History in Taiwan. Same sex marriage is now legal. Shane Lin and Yuan Shan-Ming become one of the first couples to marry this morning in Taipei.”
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 24, 2019
Taiwan is the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, and the first official weddings are underway 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/EwiidQV48l
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 24, 2019
— Amber Wang (@ambermywang) May 24, 2019
— Rik Glauert (@RikGlauert) May 24, 2019
— Roman Taylor (@RTDEWHITE) May 23, 2019
— Taiwan News (@TaiwanNews886) May 24, 2019
“I feel very lucky that I can say this out loud to everyone: I am gay and I am getting married.”
— Rachel Savage (@rachelmsavage) May 24, 2019
Couples walk down the rainbow aisle, and hold up signs that literally said “We got married.” pic.twitter.com/v46lmOiQ0p
— William Yang (@WilliamYang120) May 24, 2019