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it's official these couples are legally married in Taiwan , yesterday I suggested that we slap each other since it feels like a dream I think it's unbelievable that Taiwan is the first to legalize gay marriage in Asia I'm very moved Friday was the first day same sex marriage was legal in Taiwan officially more than three hundred and sixty couples registered on the day and they are all the first legal same sex marriages in Asia senator that's a roots and I think it's a very difficult thing an ethnic Chinese culture especially for men we've been very lucky to have support from our families after this new law is positive in more traditional families will be willing to trying considered normal to meant to be together and get married they've all waited since twenty seventeen to finally Mary that's when the Constitutional Court declared same sex couples had that right it took years of debates over marriage equality that divided the self ruled island the court then set between your deadline for legislation the new law has solidified Taiwan as one of the region's more liberal societies that's in stark contrast to communist mainland China which regards Taiwan as its own and the way what province domestically it may also end up damaging the ruling government president tying when's running for reelection next year however conservative groups opposed to same sex marriage say the new law disrespected the people's will for now Taiwan's gay community has a reason to celebrate for the newlyweds it's you fork walking down rainbow color dials among family and friends