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All of Taiwan’s six special municipalities will now recognize household
registrations of same-sex relationships starting from March 14.
Taipei, capital of Taiwan, and Kaohsiung first began recognizing household registrations of same-sex relationships last year. Taichung, New Taipei City and Tainan followed the suit this year and Taoyuan is the last major municipality to make the decision.
Tang Hui-chen, director of the Department of Civil Affairs at the Taoyuan City Government, says that based on gender equality, basic human rights and respect for same-sex relationships, the government has decided to allow gay couples to register as same-sex partners to protect their rights.
Tang adds that though Taiwan’s current civil law does not permit same-sex marriage, but out of respect for same-sex relationships, starting from March 14, the city government will order household registration offices to consider applications for registrations of same-sex relationships. [FULL STORY]