Taipei, New Taipei and Taichung have seen highest numbers
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Despite the setback for same-sex marriage in last month’s referendums, a total of 3,951 same-sex couples have registered, according to the Ministry of Interior.
While the Constitutional Court ruled in May last year that same-sex couples should not be banned from marrying, five referenda on November 24 saw three questions submitted by opponents of same-sex marriage win while two from the gay rights movement were rejected.
Local registration of same-sex couples saw almost 4,000 partnerships realized, with Taipei, New Taipei and Taichung seeing the highest numbers respectively.
Kaohsiung was the first local government to launch the registrations, in May 2015, but among the six special municipalities, it had registered the lowest number of partnerships, 173 couples in all, the Central News Agency reported. [FULL STORY]