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Celebrations as Taiwan holds Asia's first same-sex marriages

Gay newlyweds walk on a giant rainbow flag at a pro same-sex marriage party after registering their marriage in Taipei, Taiwan on 24 May, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

The first same-sex marriages in Asia have taken place in Taiwan, just one week after they were legalised by parliament.

Shane Lin and Marc Yuan, wearing matching suits, were the first to arrive at a government office in the capital, Taipei.

The self-ruled island’s Interior Ministry said that, as of 10am, 166 same-sex couples had already registered their marriages.

The celebrations are a landmark moment for LBGT rights in the region.