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2 Jan 2017

Taipei issues same-sex partnership certificates

Amid ongoing push for same-sex marriage legislation in the country, Taipei city govt issues certificates

Same-sex couples in Taiwan's capital will now be able to to apply for family care leave and sign surgical or medical treatment consent forms for each other through the city's newly implemented same-sex partnership certificates.

At least seven couples applied for certificates since the programme was launched last week. Qualified couples must be at at least 20 years old, single and have household registration in Taipei or other cooperating cities and counties such as Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Changhua County, the city's Department of Civil Affairs said.

The certificate evolved from an A4 document that the Department of Civil Affairs of the Taipei City government began to issue June 17, 2015, but was criticised over its size.

Over 272 couples had applied to register for the larger previous certificate.

Taipei is the second city in Taiwan to issue same-sex partnership certificates, following Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan. Other city's in the country have plans to follow.

Reader's Comments

1. 2017-01-03 23:17  
Not many same sex partnerships in Taiwan are there?
2. 2017-01-04 19:29  
the card looks so ugly
3. 2017-01-05 06:26  
Why should anyone even need to have one of these cards? Does heterosexual couples have to use cards like these? I bet the answer is no. So why can't same sex couples be treated like the rest of the population couples?

I smell Bullsh*t here.

Equality Now Please!
4. 2017-01-05 06:39  
At time of need the A4 doc would be adequate, so why the cards? City council politics at play it would seem.

I think equality is there but the "activists" want to lead still.

Tolerance and respect have to be earnt every day.
5. 2017-01-06 19:41  
couple but the card seperated
6. 2017-01-08 11:27  
It's progress. Not great progress, but progress nonetheless. Keep pushing, Taipei.
7. 2017-01-09 11:11  
While those documents (no matter the size) represent bureaucracy, more importantly they mean progress for the cause of equality and integration.
8. 2017-02-23 07:17  
People! Small steps is certainly the goal in the cause. At least they are being recognized and given a way to be seen as a family and obtain social services as a couple! We can't expect all of the sudden that everything should be accomplished in terms of equality in one move anywhere! I bet they would love to have something like this in places like Russia, Indonesia, Iran, and the sorts!!

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