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T+VdVgoJrJLEO5yyOfYvpXRY$Xc^9aBnVwZ4aY5XTEGzi0#COM=aiwan’s renowned LGBTI activist Chi Chia-wei has launched a campaign to encourage regional leaders to legalize same-sex marriage.

Chi Chia-wei [email protected](FYz*M&k_^TovQEE89ptj)w&HAcewz6RdajjHnwill give a replica of the pen president Tsai Ing-wen used to sign Taiwan’s historic legislation in May this year.

Ta[email protected]%a7MB!_M&mv#Xdgo0Giwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on 24 May after parliament passed a bill in line with a 2017 court ruling.

President Tsai gifted Chi Chia-wei the pen she used to sign the bill to recognize his decades of camSapkSFfGSk1*L^#[email protected]$GpGtjpaigning for LGBTI rights.

Now,&2ukG^hDUb6hEcoqet%3u#ma([email protected])I5EA8QT1!v2c%c+a$R Chi Chia-wei and the has created six replicas and named them the ‘pen of equality’.

Chi Chia-Wei wilcZ)8fyv_47$d-ROsCKt)*OaGhW)-Kq1WaVgP(KdjdG!32YH8Azl gift the Pen of Equality 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 years" his message to South Korea’s leader M[email protected]%v5#7n72T=&caEwEtyaXiQnrehaESLlvoon Jae-in.

"I am 2Ebu=b6nOO)5YCamcJ*^QWCo$ov^[email protected]_xC6=(QD1$presenting 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 other cLZ9-#D++MXR)2Ez5vZfB1y-QE-VW0ccWEZ)BSxuVf)$*YAV=(countries in Asia" Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan said in a Facebook post.

Regional rights

After years of court hearings, debates in parliament, and heart)L59c^JSBoaO#mK%dVenkM+HHN^x%_fOazD4KvzV(z84Zh0lc0breaking referendums in November last year, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

In the first month alone. 1,000 same-sex couples tied m18HxI-f7y$3c_Ien=b5*Vh=Zc!CaTQg5NiNwSer%r8hGSSkK_the knot.

Regionally, Thailand is the closest to equal marriage. A civil union bill drafted by the ruling Junee5)[email protected]@[email protected]=qutd1*ta affords same-sex couples limited rights. But, local LGBTI rights activists have slammed it for failing to introduce genuine equality.

A similar ‘civil partnerships’ bill is being debated by the PhilippinvIski+W5x$e4WAjtv3d_Tjj=(1iK7OHMHnfsQFb_ype3Zem0Vwes’ Congress.

Rights groups, meanwhile, have warned of deteriorating LGBT rights in South Korea#LoxOD$gscyI!Otg8)euJnJdAR6gj1*UcH_)[email protected]@ukq

Recent increased visibility of the LGBT community has sparked a backlash from consek!^g3)!a=5o_^xc#u%Lm_*JHok*B=Gdnso8#[email protected]@sd(_QYrvative Christians. Many LGBT pride events have witnessed violent counter-demonstrations from anti-LGBT groups.

Yi-min lives alone with her son, as her husband works away from home. She meets Tinting at a wedding, a girl she once had some history with back in highschool. Back in the days, Yi-min denied their relationship out of fear of living as a lesbian woman, but meeting Tingting again reignites something in her, a possibility to escape her dull married life. Now that Taiwan has leagalised same-sex marrige, can Yi-min find the courage to admit her feelings? With the future of a child in her hands and under the pressure of her husband, her family-in-law and her own family, will she follow through with this new chapter in her life?