The annual collective wedding held by Taiwan Armed Force for the first time accepted registration from same-sex couples for a wedding ceremony scheduled later this year. Three same-sex couples registered to attend the wedding — one will join the air force’s wedding, and two will join the navy’s wedding.
On May 17 this year, the Legislative Yuan passed “Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretations No.748” to legalize the same-sex marriage, which made Taiwan be the first country in Asia doing so. Couples started to register such marriage on May 24.
Asked for the absence of same-sex couples in the planned wedding of ground troops, the Army Headquarters said 154 couples had registered by the deadline in late August, stressing that they act according to the law and welcome any soldier who’s eligible to the pre-requisite to register for the wedding.
A gay couple will join the air force’s collecting wedding on Oct. 26 at Pingtung Air Force Base. The Marin Corps headquarter, which is in charge of the navy’s wedding on Nov.15, said that one gay couple and one lesbian couple will attend the celebrations.
By Lu Chiung-chang (呂炯昌) and Carol Kan
Translated by Carol Kan