Lesbian couples say 'I do' at army base in Taiwan
Two lesbian couples got hitched in a mass wedding held at an army base in Taiwan last Friday, October 30—the “first time same-sex couples have been wed and celebrated at a military ceremony,” The Associated Press reported.
“Our attitude is that everyone should be treated equally, and we congratulate each and every couple,” Lt. Gen. Yang An told the press who graced the affair. “This shows that our military’s position is open-minded, progressive, and with the times.”
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Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic celebration with their peers. (Wire photos) pic.twitter.com/NeSfT9wXLk
With family members and senior officers as their witnesses, the LGBTQIA+ pairs exchanged rings after participating in a parade.
Twenty-six-year-old army lieutenant Li Li-chen tied the not with 27-year-old Chen Ying-hsuan, who with a colorful band hopes that through the publicized weddings, more queers in the military speak up.
“In matters of love, everyone will be treated equally," Chen said.
Meanwhile, 36-year-old army Maj. Wang Yi married 37-year-old Yumi Meng. Wang's parents even attended the ceremony as a sign of love and support for the two.
“I really feel that this is a huge breakthrough for the military because before gay people really had to go through a lot,” Wang’s mother Amy Chao declared. “Perhaps for heterosexual couples, it’s just a paper, but it’s very important for gay couples, if you’re sick or have to have a major surgery, if you don’t have this, then you are nothing, you can’t make a decision.”
Taiwan is the only Asian country that has given same-sex marriage a thumbs up. Since the law's enactment in May last year, over 4,000 LGBT lovers have said their “I do’s.”
“Since same-sex marriage became legal in Taiwan, 4,021 such couples have married, with 69% of them lesbian couples, according to the most recent government data," AP added.
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