Taiwan made headlines in May of 2019 when it became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Since then, more than 4,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot. Last Friday, two couples have made history for becoming the first same-sex participants in a group wedding sponsored by Taiwan’s military.
A motorcycle brigade kicks off the army’s joint wedding, followed by the brides and grooms. A hundred and eighty-eight couples are getting married, including two couples that are making history.
One of those couples is Major Wang Yi and her wife Meng You-mei. They carry pride flags during the ceremony.
Meng thanks Wang for choosing her and loving her, and pledges to support her fully. She says she’s proud that her wife is a professional soldier.
Wang thanks her parents, who are in the audience, saying that she knew it was harder for them to face public scrutiny than it was for the newlyweds.
It’s an emotional moment for this couple. But they aren’t alone. Lieutenant Chen Ying-xuan is also here with her bride, Li Li-chen. Chen says that Li has supported her along the way, and that being a same-sex couple is similar to a career in the military: both paths are difficult.
Taiwan’s military congratulated the couples, saying their participation shows that the military is open-minded, and progressive.