More than 250 same-sex couples to register marriage in Taiwan

A total of 254 same-sex couples had made reservations at household registration offices

Taiwan News  
Date: 2019/05/17
By:  Central News Agency

(By Associated Press)

More than 250 same-sex couples are waiting in line to be registered as spouses at government household affairs agencies around Taiwan after it became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) started updating its household registration system in response to the passage of the law Friday afternoon, Deputy Interior Minister Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) said at a news conference.

A total of 254 same-sex couples had made their reservations at different household registration offices to register their marriage as of May 7, prior to the bill’s passage, Chen said, in anticipation that they would be allow to go ahead with the process on May 24.

Regardless of the outcome of Friday’s vote, a Constitutional Court ruling on May 24, 2017 that declared the prohibition of same-sex marriage unconstitutional required legislation to be passed within two years to guarantee same-sex couples the right to marriage equality.    [FULL  STORY]

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