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Celebrations as Taiwan holds Asia's first same-sex marriages

Gay newlyweds walk on a giant rainbow flag at a pro same-sex marriage party after registering their marriage in Taipei, Taiwan on 24 May, 2019.
Gay newlyweds walk on a giant rainbow flag at a pro same-sex marriage party after registering their marriage in Taipei, Taiwan on 24 May, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

The first same-sex marriages in Asia have taken place in Taiwan, just one week after they were legalised by parliament.

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Shane Lin and Marc Yuan, wearing matching suits, were the first to arrive at a government office in the capital, Taipei.

The self-ruled island’s Interior Ministry said that, as of 10am, 166 same-sex couples had already registered their marriages.

The celebrations are a landmark moment for LBGT rights in the region.

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