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Two lesbian couples made same-sex marriage history in Taiwan today by becoming the first military officers to wed their civilian partners, during a mass ceremony.  Read on for the full story. 

Lesbian couple Yi Wang, right, and Yumi Meng, left, via Youtube.

Two lesbian couples made same-sex marriage history in Taiwan today by becoming the first military officers to wed their civilian partners, during a mass ceremony.  Read on for the full story. 

Same-Sex Couples Make History During Mass Military Wedding in Taiwan

In 2019, Taiwan became the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage.  Since then, more than 4,000 couples have tied the knot, 69% of which are lesbian couples.  Earlier today (Taiwan is 12 hours ahead of Easter Standard Time in the US), the nation made history once again by holding a mass military ceremony for 188 couples. This marks the first time same-sex couples have been celebrated at a military wedding.

It is also the first time members of the military wed their same-sex civilian partners. Chen Ying-hsuan, an army lieutenant married Li Li-chen, a 26-year-old civilian, and civilian Yumi Meng wed  Wang Yi, an army major. Chen, a  combat engineer, told reporters,

“We hope our bravery could inspire more fellow soldiers who have concerns to also come out bravely. You are actually not alone.”

While the ceremony at a Taoyuan  army base was brief, it was definitely powerful and inspiring. The couples marched together in a parade, then exchanged rings in front of family as well as their senior officers, according to US News. Chen sported a rainbow bracelet to show her pride, while Yumi and Wang carried a pride flag during the ceremony. Amy Chao, Wang’s mother, said, 

“I really feel that this is a huge breakthrough for the military because before gay people really had to go through a lot. 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.”

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Armed forces is “becoming more supportive than before in Taiwan.”

Victoria Hsu, one of the founders of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, said of the ceremony:

“We hope this is a good sign to show that the armed forces’ attitude towards the LGBT community is becoming more supportive than before in Taiwan.”

 Lt. Gen. Yang An seems to share that sentiment. He told reporters:

“Our attitude is that everyone should be treated equally, and we congratulate each and every couple, and this shows that our military’s position is open-minded, progressive and with the times,”

To date, Taiwan remains the only Asian nation where same-sex marriage is legal. 

What do you think about these beautiful lesbian couples making history in Taiwan? Share your happy wishes for them below!

 

 

Olfa Turki
Olfa Turki

Olfa Turki is the founder, owner and managing editor of LoveYouWedding. She’s been called a “tornado” by her partner and those who work with her and for good reason! When she gets an idea in her head, nothing can stop her. She believes everyone should have access to the resources they need to plan their dream wedding, which is why she’s dedicated LoveYouWedding to helping LGBTQ+ couples.

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