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These Taiwanese Same-Sex Couples Have Become The First To Get Married In A Military Mass Wedding

The Taiwan military's first same-sex weddings saw two women marry their wives in another landmark moment for LGBTQ rights in Asia.

Taiwanese army Major Wang Yi, 36, and Yumi Meng, 37, and army lieutenant Chen Ying-hsuan, 27, and Li Li-chen, 26, have become the first same-sex couples to take part in the country’s annual military mass weddings.

The couples tied the knot along with 188 other couples in Taoyuan City, on Friday Oct. 30.

More than 4,000 same-sex couples have gotten married in Taiwan since it became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage in 2019.

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Taiwanese army Major Wang Yi, 36, and her wife Yumi Meng, 37, became one of two first same-sex couple get married in the Taiwanese military’s annual mass wedding. (Photo via 中華民國陸軍 / Facebook)

However, this is the first time that a same-sex couple has taken part in a mass military wedding, according to the BBC.

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Newly-wedded same-sex couple Chen Ying-hsuan (R) and Li Li-chen take part in a mass wedding at Taiwan’s Army Command Headquarters in Taoyuan on October 30, 2020. (Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images)

“We are hoping that more LGBT people in the military can bravely stand up, because our military is very open-minded. In matters of love, everyone will be treated equally,” Chen told AP.

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Couples at the Taiwan annual military mass wedding release balloons into the air after getting married. This year was the first time a military mass wedding included same-sex couples tying the knot. (Photo via 中華民國陸軍 / Facebook)

“Our attitude is that everyone should be treated equally,” AP reported Lt. Gen. Yang An told reporters at the wedding. “We congratulate each and every couple, and this shows that our military’s position is open-minded, progressive and with the times.” 

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