Taiwan Makes History After First Same-sex Marriage in Mass Military Wedding

Published November 1st, 2020 - 02:42 GMT
Newly-wedded same-sex couple Yi Wang (R) and Yumi Meng pose for a photograph during a mass wedding at Taiwan's Army Command Headquarters in Taoyuan on October 30, 2020, where two Taiwanese soldiers and their civilian same-sex partners tied the knot marking another gay rights landmark in Asia. Sam Yeh / AFP
Newly-wedded same-sex couple Yi Wang (R) and Yumi Meng pose for a photograph during a mass wedding at Taiwan's Army Command Headquarters in Taoyuan on October 30, 2020, where two Taiwanese soldiers and their civilian same-sex partners tied the knot marking another gay rights landmark in Asia. Sam Yeh / AFP
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Newly-wedded same-sex couple Yi Wang and Yumi Meng held a mass wedding at Taiwan's Army Command Headquarters.

Two women have become the first to get married at a military wedding in Taiwan, on Friday October 30, marking another turning point for LGBTQ+ rights in the region.

The video of the gay couple in the mass military wedding drew mixed reactions on social media as some users were happily sending congrats while others have disagreed with the historic celebration.

Taiwan is the only country in Asia and the first state outside of the United Nations to perform same-sex marriages. The country’s government has issued a law legalizing LGBT marriages on 24 May, 2019.

Taiwan's Defence Ministry welcomed the event as an "open and progressive" move and sent blessings to 188 couples married during the annual mass wedding.

Lesbian couple Yi Wang and Yumi Meng have tied the knot amid a mass military wedding ceremony in Taoyuan city, northern Taiwan, although non of the couples’ parents came to the wedding. However, they sent their blessings and support.

Taiwan has held more than 4,000 gay marriages since the legislation was passed in May 2019, with 69% of them being lesbian couples. 

Taiwan’s Ambassador to the US, Hsiao Bi-khim, shared a tweet supporting the marriage saying “Proud that Taiwan has progressed into a society that respects diversity. A first for Taiwan same sex couples: marriage in military wedding - Focus Taiwan”

Never the less, LGBT rights activists have held a rally during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Taipei, Taiwan on October 31, 2020.


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