A same-sex couple at the mass LGBTI banquet in Taipei | Photo: Kirsten Han
Taiwan hosted its first mass banquet celebrating the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The banquet took place in capital city, Taipei, on Saturday evening (25 May).
Around 20 same-sex couples tied the knot at the occasion.
They were joined by over 1,000 people who also attended the banquet – both to show their support for marriage equality and to cheer on the happy couples.
Huge show of support
The banquet included live music, stage shows, and a drag act.
Venue space filled up quickly.
Some of the people who could not make it inside set up picnics outside the venue, CNN reports.
First country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage
The banquet follows on from Friday (24 May), which saw around 289 same-sex couples getting married throughout Taiwan.
Last week, Taiwan’s parliament became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
The government bill avoids the term ‘marriage’. This has been described as a compromise by LGBTI rights campaigners.
Among the first legally recognized same-sex marriages
Taiwan is widely considered to be the most LGBTI-friendly country in Asia.
A record 137,000 people attend Taiwan LGBT Pride in October last year.
Saturday’s newlyweds will take the honor or being among the first same-sex marriages to be legally recognized in Taiwan.
While some took the opportunity to dress up for the occasion, others took a more… ‘casual’ approach.