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Taiwan: Six same-sex marriages rejected in registration protest

Aaron Day September 24, 2014

Six same-sex couples in Taiwan had their marriages rejected on Saturday after attempting to register en masse.

The four gay and two lesbian couples, along with several LGBT rights groups, brought documents to register their marriages to the Household Registration Office in the southern city of Koahsiung.

However, according to the Liberty Times, staff rejected these registrations as the computer system’s infrastructure only allows for one male and one female partner.

The couples said they expected to have their marriages rejected but will appeal the decision in order to draw attention to the issue.

Liang Yi-chih, the Green Party’s gay mayoral candidate, said some gay couples had been together for 10 or 20 years but legally they were just an “other person.”

He called on the government to pass a bill reviewing Taiwan’s stance on same-sex marriages.

The Bill, proposed by opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers, has been stalled by the Parliament’s judiciary committee since October last year.

Last month, 28 gay and lesbian couples held a similar campaign in support of equal marriage laws, showing up at the household registration office in Taipei.

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