Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je married ten gay and lesbian couples at an annual government-sponsored mass wedding. The event, which brought a 123 couples in total, also included gay couples for the first time since the two-times-a-year tradition began in 1973.
While gay marriage is not legal in Taiwan yet, many gay and lesbian advocates feel that this show of support is a strong indication that gay marriage is on its way.
“The wedding today not only marks the 10th anniversary of our happiness and companionship, it is also our way to show practical support for the Taipei city government, for its decision to include gay couples in its mass wedding,” said LGBT rights activist Nelson Chen. “Even though same-sex marriage is not yet legalized in Taiwan, if more gay couples can bravely come forward, it will set a great example for the public,” he added.