Funeral-inspired wedding symbolizes struggle of lesbian couple

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/17
By Lee Hsin-Yin, CNA staff reporter

[Editor’s note: Taiwan’s Legislature became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage following a vote on May 17. CNA recently interviewed three same-sex couples who have faced different ordeals leading to this day. This is the story of the second couple.]

The first wedding between Wang Yu-jhen and Chu Pei-yi, a lesbian couple who have

Lesbian couple Wang Yu-jhen (left) and Chu Pei-yi

been together for 22 years, was inspired by a funeral.

While the ceremony in 2012 was a mere formality because same-sex marriages in Taiwan had yet to be legalized, Wang said it meant a lot to them, particularly after the sudden death of Chu’s brother the previous year when he fell while cleaning the exterior of a new building.

“It was a shock to realize that a person could vanish just like that after an accident, leaving survivors with so much unsaid,” Wang said. “We wanted to make a commitment to each other, no matter how bizarre the wedding may have appeared.”    [FULL  STORY]

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