Mass 'wedding' held to support 'diverse' families - Focus Taiwan

Mass 'wedding' held to support 'diverse' families

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) A mass wedding that attracted over 1,000 people was held in downtown Taipei on Saturday, amid a push by local civic groups to legalize all forms of civil partnerships, including same-sex marriage, in Taiwan.

The wedding, which took place on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office, was held as a traditional outdoor banquet so that some 30 same-sex, bisexual and transgender couples invited to symbolically tie the knot could receive blessings from the public, campaigners said.

Hsu Hsiu-wen, director of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, said the event was aimed at challenging Taiwan's existing legal boundaries and contributing to a more open society.

The alliance also hoped that the banquet would drive up support for an amendment that would legalize gay marriage, civil partnerships, and the adoption of children by diverse families in Taiwan.

The proposed legislation is set to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan later this month.

Hsu's cause received support from pop singers such as A-mei and Cheer Chen, who both donated personal items for a fundraising auction to be held during the event, the alliance said.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Lee Hsin-Yin) ENDITEM/ls

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