In the first of its kind, Taiwan last week, became the first Asian country to legalise same-sex unions. As the landmark achievement for LGTBQ rights that came into effect on Friday, hundreds of same-sex couples exchanged vows on the first day following the legalisation. The Interior Ministry said 500 same-sex couples registered their marriages across the island on Friday according to Standard.co.uk.
‘’The legalisation of marriage is only the first step," said a 48-year-old novelist who writes under the pen name Chen Hsue who has lived with her partner for more than 10 years.
"In the future, through this legalisation, I hope LGBT people could be accepted as ordinary people by Taiwanese society.”
The news which resonated across the world was received with overwhelming responses from prominent gay people. Ellen DeGeneres also took to Twitter to share her reaction regarding the ground-breaking news, ‘’Let’s celebrate every step in the right direction’’ she wrote.
Take a look at some of the joyous moments below as couples basked in the glow of matrimony for the first time.
Taiwan is the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, and the first official weddings are underway 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/EwiidQV48l— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 24, 2019