A gay rights group in Taiwan has said it will hold a mass lesbian wedding later this month.

Around 60 couples have signed up to the private event, while 1,000 tickets have been sold.

Organiser AJ Wang told AFP: “We are celebrating the recent legalisation of gay marriage in New York and we hope that Taiwan will make the same move in the near future.

“We also want the public to see that so many gay couples are committed to each other and they deserve to be recognised and treated fairly.”

Homosexuality is legal in Taiwan and in 2003, politicians attempted to introduce same sex marriage, although the legislation stalled in parliament.

A 2006 survey found that 75 per cent of Taiwanese adults considered gay relationships to be acceptable.