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Taiwan’s renowned LGBTI activist Chi Chia-wei has launched a campaign to encourage regional lead[email protected]#*KWTDA$v-Wt9XIj=Q1Rhi9b*ers to legalize same-sex marriage.

Chi Chia-wei will give a replica of the pen president Tsai Ing-wenVYACh&IK4#&$cP11c_v_4l*wss7gbLf$pzb_u3aXUxc8k3KQ5# used to sign Taiwan’s historic legislation in May this year.

Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex dP*CvJ_1l^4ssgZxzDD8v877fIcFeGS9o*k#[email protected]marriage on 24 May after parliament passed a bill in line with a 2017 court ruling.

Pl3LbbR0-1QDj_8+8ULt^[email protected][email protected]resident Tsai gifted Chi Chia-wei the pen she used to sign the bill to recognize his decades of campaigning for LGBTI rights.

Now, Chi Chia-wei and the has created six replicas and named them the ‘pen of equalityq01([email protected])[email protected]#C2SLh*0R#@0(pViGsg9D’.

Chi Chia-Wei wiljJ^%XMXJff9=D%[email protected]#o6TQ37Vax#2L3yZLx8EqmGOl gift the Pen of Equality to Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

"My name is Chi Chia-wei and I hav%3nDHqV05!mCsJ3eEl*nqqTMfYDSoEhl^kTbX(HKO!ig-Q=TPCe been committed to promoting same-sex marriage in Taiwan for the last 30 years" his message to South Korea’s leader Moon Jae-in.

"I am j4s)S*t&C1(SvkKeN)LP)Fu%[email protected]presenting this to you in the hope that you will share in our ambition for marriage equality."

"We hope Taiwan’s progress[email protected]%_OT_NE-T3sIwns in same-sex marriage can inspire other countries in Asia" Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan said in a Facebook post.

Regional rights

After years of court hearings, debates in parliament, and hear3lWJN%+PzTEnM*Oq_)5sspLVvHlCv*zaa9f=lEXgl_FRzO5rRBtbreaking referendums in November last year, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

In the first mG$A&Z6)pT49-iQa%8R^V2QWuu4QvRdK3WTRUhkaNTCkQxs9Qdnonth alone. 1,000 same-sex couples tied the knot.

Regionally, Thailand is the closest to equal marriage. A civil union bill drafted by the ruling Junta affords same-sex coVJilh$7)hDLKYfFe9MnQ6!xwgP*[email protected]*+QAFc(Vvmuples limited rights. But, local LGBTI rights activists have slammed it for failing to introduce genuine equality.

f3OEv5$-%Z9*R#O+HQxkz!hPIwKc5Hy39xhEZ4J-vam9Aqa0-hA similar ‘civil partnerships’ bill is being debated by the Philippines’ Congress.

Rights groups, meanwhile, have warned of det(_asft$1)^5*H!9))oHRz+jnA59^aY6b8ll1479!a*V+PN)5^(eriorating LGBT rights 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 99O^[email protected]_)fd_e#[email protected](f83EhLy0NRz-#y3Ehfrom anti-LGBT groups.

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