Same-sex couples give up on Taiwan Armed Forces joint weddings

All three same-sex couples who initially registered for the armed forces joint weddings had quit. (Shutterstock)
All three same-sex couples who initially registered for the armed forces joint weddings had quit. (Shutterstock)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Republic of China Air Force Thursday said that a homosexual couple recently dropped out of an upcoming joint military wedding ceremony, meaning that all same-sex couples who had previously registered called off their participation.

The other two couples quitted the Navy’s joint wedding ceremony in late September because of disrespectful comments made online, the Navy said.

The Legislative Yuan passed the “Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretations No. 748” to legalize same-sex marriage on May 17, making Taiwan a leader for LGTB rights in Asia. Couples can legally register their union since May 24, 2019.

Following the passage of the bill, the military received applications from same-sex couples to register for the armed forces’ annual joint weddings. According to law, as long as one of the spouses is an active serviceman or woman, the couple can participate in the event.

Three same-sex couples wanted to attend the celebrations at first, two for the Navy and one for the Air Force, but to no avail. 

By Carol Kan