By: Liu Li-jung, Liu Kuan-ting and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) A total of 3,951 same-sex couples have registered as partners over the past three years since same-sex partnership recording began in Taiwan in 2015, with the largest numbers recorded in Taipei, New Taipei and Taichung, according to statistics compiled by the Ministry of the Interior.
Since Kaohsiung became the first city in Taiwan to allow same-sex couples to register their partnerships at household registration offices on May 20, 2015, 18 of the country’s 22 cities and counties have introduced a partnership registration scheme for such couples and have also begun to accept applications from other localities.
This year as of November, 1,061 same-sex couples had registered their partnerships nationwide, while 1,201 registered in 2017, and 1,417 in 2016 and 2015, bringing the total cumulative number to 3,951. [FULL STORY]