Gay couple finds common ground with Taiwan’s traditional values

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/16
By Stacy Hsu, CNA staff reporter

[Editor’s note: Taiwan’s Legislature is scheduled to vote on three same-sex relationship bills on May 17 to legalize same-sex marriage before May 24, the deadline set by the Constitutional Court to amend the law to legalize same-sex marriage. CNA has interviewed three same-sex couples who plan to register to get married on May 24, regardless of the outcome of the legislation process. This is the story of the first couple. The two other stories will be published in the coming days.]

Lin Meng-huan (林孟寰) and Chou Chun-peng’s (周浚鵬) wedding had many things one would find at typical weddings. There were family, friends, laughter, tears and dancing, but it lacked an important element often heavily featured in weddings: public displays of affection.

Throughout the couple’s hours-long wedding in Taipei on May 5, they completely avoided kissing or hugging. The only time they had somewhat intimate physical contact was when Lin’s mentor forced them to briefly hold hands after they had exchanged wedding rings.

The absence of displays of affection at the ceremony may seem odd, but it was actually part of many “considerate arrangements” the couple had carefully planned to ensure that their wedding was suitable for both their progressive friends and conservative parents.

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