Last same-sex couple pulls out of mass military wedding in Taiwan

Pressure from public opinion key factor in withdrawal

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The last of three gay couples pulled out of military mass weddings.

The last of three gay couples pulled out of military mass weddings. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The last same-sex couple still registered to take part in a mass military wedding ceremony in Taiwan has pulled out, possibly as a result of public pressure, reports said Thursday (Oct. 17).

Taiwan’s gay rights movement scored a historic victory in May, when the Legislative Yuan voted to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia.

However, two Navy couples that had planned to join in a November 15 mass wedding announced their withdrawal in September, citing “pressure from public opinion,” CNA reported.

The Army ceremony on the same day had no same-sex couples registered to participate, while the Air Force wedding scheduled for Oct. 26 at Pingtung Airport listed just one same-sex couple. The Air Force announced on Thursday that this duo had decided not to take part in the service’s ceremony after all.

October has been declared “Gay Pride Month” in Taiwan, with Asia’s largest gay pride parade scheduled for October 26 in Taipei.