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Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

10 9 0

Taiwan’s first official same-sex weddings kicked off Friday in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia as gay couples took the historic step of registering as married, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality.

Shane Lin and Marc Yuan, a couple who fell in love at college, were the first to arrive at a government office in downtown Taipei.

Dressed in matching suits, they embraced and kissed in front of a huge media scrum before signing their marriage certificates.

They were followed by playwright LiYing Chien and her girlfriend, a cartoonist who goes by the pen name Cynical Chick.

SEE ALSO: Taiwan parliament to vote on Asia’s first gay marriage bill

Taiwan made history last week when it became the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage, sparking jubilation among huge crowds of gay rights supporters on the streets of Taipei.

But the issue has also caused deep divisions on an island that remains staunchly conservative, especially outside of the cities and among older generations.

Some 300 same-sex couples are expected to register on Friday, according to local........

© Asian Correspondent