Taipei City Joint Wedding Opens Up to Same-sex Couples

Taipei City Joint Wedding Opens Up to Same-sex Couples
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The second joint wedding in Taipei City this year is scheduled to be held on October 24 and will be the first time same-sex couples are allowed to attend.

The second joint wedding in Taipei City this year is scheduled to be held on October 24 and will be the first time same-sex couples are allowed to attend. The participants will be rewarded a marriage certificate from the city government, despite it having no legal effect. The Chief of the Department of Civil Affairs Lan Shi-cong says everyone is born with marriage rights and the city government will keep promoting marriage equality.

Storm Media reports, the Taipei City government has held joint weddings since 1973. The mayor will witness the wedding and the number of couples that have attended the ceremony has accumulated to 16,000 to this day.

CNA reports, enrollment of the joint wedding starts from August 24 to 28. The participants need to be single, and one of the two needs to be registered citizens of Taipei or study or work in the city.

UDN reports, same-sex marriage has no legal effect, but the participants can receive a wedding certificate.

CNA reports, the Taipei City government will give each couple one memorial photo, a video recording of the wedding and gifts worth NT$ 2,500 (approximately US$ 78).

Liberty Times reports, Lan says everyone is born with the right to have a partner and get married. The Department of Civil Affairs has decided to take a progressive approach and support diverse and non-traditional family models. The authority will hold the wedding ceremonies based on respect, tolerance, freedom and equality, with hopes to contribute to marriage equality through sincere blessings.

Translated by June
Edited by Olivia Yang

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