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Taiwan’s renowned LGBTI activist Chi[email protected]!*YNS9ST=Xw*sY Chia-wei has launched a campaign to encourage regional leaders to legalize same-sex marriage.

Chi Chia-wei will give a replica of the pen president Tsai Ing-wen used to sign Taiwan’s historic legislation in May this P#[email protected](TyCMS*8V#$P^cxrGlmJQ8gLE^BO=*z(8Ojy$zY3bA=G(year.

Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on 24 May after parliament passed a bill in line TAZ&ootlX=soPDeNfd04LP*@oGPsgl*[email protected]#bo*sQ4with a 2017 court ruling.

President Tsai gifted Chi Chia-wei the pen she used to sign the bill to recognize his decades of campaigning for+p-du1Er#jm==%7bFZmf(=E58PbjqpzV(l9Mx7lNMPX_^4OsEE LGBTI rights.

Now, Chi Chia-wei and the has c7)[email protected][email protected]!FGWMreated six replicas and named them the ‘pen of equality’.

Chi Chia-Wei will gift the Pen of Equality@1WO6BEydk^9rll8g&*2QQ1(BLKwBKyVe(Mctq#&drRb4CFPNz to Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

"My name is Chi Chia-wei and I have been committed to promoting same-sex marriage in Taiwan for the last 30 yex-VldA34E#Yr5&FYZTBP0_+D#RHix(05nQ_X%Z0po&4RjXNV*kars" his message to South Korea’s leader Moon Jae-in.

"I am presenDQP!#[email protected]^zXc4MuTEgfv6ting this to you in the hope that you will share in our ambition for marriage equality."

"We hope Taiwan’s progress in same-sex marriage can inspire otherKd&&cpY$tlVVG8lRkIkQZ%C9-SRrO%ucJ_PE^zAw(DVOO4hbR5 countries in Asia" Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan said in a Facebook post.

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After years of court hearings, debates in parliament, and heartbreaking referendums in November last year, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recogni[email protected]@)xZ8Sj5tn&#u0-^cZ4PVNU3K#l9oTpawpaRYFJw$ze same-sex marriages.

In the first month alone. 1,000 same-sex couples tiu^!9E4ax5D_LP74o7+YkO9nUWcO5nMJ7gBYwK=DVM^*wH(Sy+Ded the knot.

Regionally, Thailand is the closest to equal marriage. A civil union bill drafted by the ruling Junta affords same-sex couples limited rights. But, local LGBTI rights activists have slammed it for failing to introduce genuine#@[email protected])[email protected]^Mjq&L5^FV%pUjK$5nUf0YEaKbfQGZ equality.

A similar ‘civil partnerships’ bill is being debated by the Philippines’ C8VOt1pxoC$=fGR014R=vZ#Vq=(l!D%^#l%[email protected]#ongress.

Rights groups, meanwhile, have warned of deteriorating LGBT rights#yu^o551Zm1bq&6^q^Xm#V$^!SmOe9)edpQI$z#)[email protected]#I in South Korea. 

Recent increased visibility of the LGBT community has sparked a backlash from conservative Christians. Many LGBT pride events have witnessed violent counter-demonstrations from antiiVNzN(LM_cJ(IGGED#ol2%[email protected]+O-LGBT groups.

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