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Kaohsiung might allow gays to attend mass wedding

Kaohsiung might allow gays to attend mass wedding

Kaohsiung, May 25 (CNA) The Kaohsiung City government will study the idea of holding a mass wedding that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) will be allowed to attend, an official from the southern municipality said Monday. Tseng Tzu-wen (???), head of the city government's Bureau of Civil Affairs, said that while it might be too much of a rush to invite members of the LGBT community to attend a mass wedding scheduled for the end of June, she is willing to work with the Social Affairs Bureau to assess a future mass wedding that gays would be allowed to attend, in the spirit of pluralistic culture. She was addressing concerns by Kaohsiung councilwoman Kao Min-lin (???) in a question-and-answer session of the city council, who asked the city government to issue certification to those who come forward to mark the names of their partners in the household registration system. Kao noted that the marking of partners in the Kaohsiung city government's household registration system is only a "formality" that does not provide any conveniences. She cited as an example the fact that a gay person cannot sign a letter of consent for emergency surgery on his or her same-sex partner. Kao also asked the city government to allow gay people to take part in mass weddings, noting that the local governments in Taipei and Taoyuan have given their blessings to such unions and saying that Kaohsiung should follow suit. The Kaohsiung City government opened its "Sunshine registration" for gays May 20, and the Bureau of Civil Affairs estimated that 27 same-sex couples have come forward to register their partners. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 22:11 GMT+08:00