Taiwan’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision: A Personal Reflection

A Taiwan LGBT activist and same-sex marriage campaigner reflects on a day he will never forget.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/05/25
By: Jay Lin

It was a Wednesday that started like any other: send the kids to infant daycare and then

Photo Credit: The News Lens/Olivia Yang

head to work. I had instinctively blocked the significance of this day out of my thoughts. It was too important to obsess over it, and it would be too devastating if my hopes were ruthlessly dashed.

I arrived at the rally around 3:15 p.m. to meet up with my colleagues who were there earlier to register people for our LightUp project. I immediately met some friends who were all walking in the same direction toward the rally. Everyone had “eager anticipation” written on their nervous, smiley faces. We understood that the live broadcast by the Grand Justices would either turn these smiles even bigger or into frowns.

A colleague came to tell me that a local television station wanted to interview me. I obliged. My response to the interviewer was competing with the energetic speeches on stage by the hosts of the rally. Suddenly, their voices disappeared and I could hear an officious voice, indicating immediately that the Opinion from the Court was being announced.    [FULL  STORY]

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