World News – UA – Taiwanese same-sex soldiers to marry partners in group ceremony for armed forces


Two same-sex couples will become the first to participate in a group wedding organized by the Taiwanese military at another milestone for gay rights in Asia

The armed forces wedding ceremony on Friday will see the participation of same-sex couples for the first time since the island’s parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage in May last year

In a Facebook post, the Taiwan Army Command Headquarters shared wedding photos of those scheduled to attend the event They included the two uniformed military women and their same-sex partners, who were photographed in traditional dresses called qipao – also known as cheongsam

The three branches of the Taiwanese armed forces have been holding annual weddings since 2014 as part of the government’s initiative to boost fertility in the country Couples can enroll as long as one partner is on active duty

Three same-sex couples – two in the Navy and one in the Air Force – were scheduled to attend last year’s military group wedding, but they pulled out in the weeks leading up to the event in due to « public pressure », reports said at the time

Friday’s ceremony, which will be held at Army Command Headquarters in Taoyuan, northeast Taiwan, will begin at 8:30 a.m.m local time It will reflect similar ceremonies held by the Taiwan Navy and Air Force later the same day

Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage following a vote in the country’s legislature in May 2019

Taipei, the island nation’s capital, now regularly hosts Asia’s largest Gay Pride parade, with last year’s event attracting over 200,000 participants

President Tsai Ing-wen signed the bill with the support of the Constitutional Court, despite the November 2018 referendums showing public opposition to same-sex marriages in Taiwan’s civil code as well as LGBT topics in sex education materials

However, obstacles remain for same-sex couples in the country Taiwanese citizens are only allowed to marry same-sex foreign nationals from countries where same-sex marriage is legal

The government continues to recognize civil unions for those who do not meet the criteria, including two foreign citizens who wish to register their relationship in Taiwan

Other restrictions for same-sex married couples include the Adoption Policy, which in its current form only allows married partners to adopt a biological child from one of the spouses

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