Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage in 2019 but process not complete yet, say activists
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Last year’s event drew a record 200,000 participants, but organizers knew it would be difficult to top that figure because of travel restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of infections. Still, more than 130,000 people set off along two routes through Taipei Saturday afternoon, with colorful rainbow flags under a sunny sky setting the tone for the 18th edition of the celebratory event, which bore the moniker, “Beauty, My Own Way.”
Even though Taiwan last year became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, activists said there was still work to do. Gay marriages between a local person and a foreigner from a country where same-sex marriages have not been legalized is still not possible. Also, LGBT activists complained about hostile or ignorant attitudes still prevailing in some sectors of society.
While coronavirus restrictions prevented overseas supporters from entering the country, long-term foreign residents turned up in force, the Liberty Times reported. An estimated 20 foreign representative offices, including the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), sent delegations to participate. [FULL STORY]