Taipei and Kaohsiung, the two largest cities in Taiwan, have created a cross-city same-sex partnership registry, allowing same-sex couples to register life partnerships starting next year.
From January 1st, the registry will allow same-sex couples to register life partnerships in any of the household registration offices in the two cities.
According to the Taipei City Department of Civil Affairs’ statement on Monday, as of November 30th, 44 same-sex couples had registered their partnerships in Taipei’s household records since the city began allowing such registration on June 17, 2015.
As the first ever in Taiwan, Kaohsiung City began allowing same-sex registered partnerships in May this year, followed by Taipei and Taichung.
The partnership will have the two cities share information on the registered partnerships, so if couples move their household registration to the other city, they will not have to re-register their partnership, “in order to promote partnership rights for same-sex couples and respect for gender diversity and different relationships,” the department said.
The partnership registration does not offer same-sex couples the same rights as married couples, but allows them to make medical decisions for one another based on oral or written agreement.
A same-sex marriage bill was met with fierce opposition from religious groups, and was stalled since it was submitted to the Legislative Yuan for further deliberations in 2013.