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Taiwan’s renowned LGBTI activist Chi Chia-wei has launched a campaiY9SUNG-O7BTmrPbnI8=i9s2&(d&nFYLUDa1fU^[email protected]*gn to encourage regional leaders to legalize same-sex marriage.

Chi Chia-wei will give a replica of the pen president Tsai Ing-wen us!%DTtS%15rbaXbpl-UwLPQrFttp)[email protected]!=zed to sign Taiwan’s historic legislation in May this year.

Taiwan became the first count$Tc95qY85u4D^4Ad5gL5^3Ei__nGj1PiiL=JuBUf3Yl=GGno78ry 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 cam9Cx%ZR&KZbCH9xFqd*@lDP%nM)Lu8VMlOdMh*k4tQ96MUJ*g+Lpaigning for LGBTI rights.

Now, Chi ChiXGN&iw^6VBpD6#PimL!vyd(&%[email protected]+Ru)wgaa-wei and the has created six replicas and named them the ‘pen of equality’.

Chi Chia-Wei will gift the Pen of Equalit@@3_fh5([email protected]*_BaLYR7YLoN=tCGYHz^yX!^y 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 fu0MQDRQkK!LcEaYlYRJF6Gl!)[email protected]_t$8xN%KlMb3U-g^y1Xqor the last 30 years" his message to South Korea’s leader Moon Jae-in.

"I am presenting this to you in the hope that you will shcjDaP+JMtTLzm^wjo%S2QY7QmXB0Nm&41cDj-hcSsZf_ZN#+9Gare in our ambition for marriage equality."

"We hope Taiwan’s progress in same-sex marriage can inspire other countries in Asia" Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan said in a FaceboOeczbnb!hFcPMhw9lN5_yAbCfD&xj32FOUEWUp^*b&wp8*$fCtok post.

Regional rights

After years of court hearings, debat6jr=w8a64_aj8UP)FFSRX$ElKvcNt7UMpWzKO*JbYtKWAsRF&Jes in parliament, and heartbreaking referendums in November last year, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

In t[email protected]^4H3v4nljCCPFIarbuzeH10ZYdt88Y4RK^rvC7xdhe first month 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 affor_1^cs4!6V%J$bzZOzmV^HJ1*^[email protected])c*d0(ds 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 byc6t!_SFM$tbtkSbWHEw*7y$r)oVn)!3Ic+^[email protected] the Philippines’ Congress.

Rights groups, meanwhile, have waU9$19Rp3U7^fFy9FuC-CPZf1niRx=G=!Q*ZA!S1wXaPo-G!D2jrned of deteriorating LGBT rights in South Korea. 

Recent increased visibility of tt8HmUVvcLGjeJ9OytP28SYZJtvOWx1VRk#iP2FcnCmTszPeAN0he LGBT community has sparked a backlash from conservative Christians. Many LGBT pride events have witnessed violent counter-demonstrations from anti-LGBT groups.

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