Taiwanese singer A-mei says she was moved to tears after passage of same-sex marriage law
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Top Taiwanese entertainers, including A-mei (張惠妹) and Jolin Tsai (蔡依林), have reacted with joy on social media in response to today’s (May 17) passage of Taiwan’s same-sex marriage law, the first such law in Asia.
Today, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage after 66 of 93 present legislators voted in favor of four key articles guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to marry. Singers Ailing Tai (戴愛玲) and Sean Lin (林俊逸) joined the estimated 25,000 supporters waiting eagerly outside the Legislative Yuan to hear the result, reported Apple Daily.
At around 1 p.m. this afternoon when it was announced outside of the Legislative Yuan that Article 4 had passed including the “marriage registration” clause, the crowd cheered. Tai shouted out, “I wish that all lovers can be married, because too many comrades and friends are beginning to worry about sending out red envelopes. It could be a lot. But as long as everyone can enjoy equal rights, that’s what I hope most,” according to the report.
Lin then said, “All human rights movements in history have been full of obstacles and even bloody storms. Between privacy rights and human rights, many legislators risked losing votes and chose to stand with human rights and I choose to stand with human rights. I sincerely thank and admire them.” [FULL STORY]