Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Taiwan's First Same-Sex Wedding Held At Buddhist Monastery [Huffington Post]

Global rights advocates are hoping that Taiwan's first same-sex Buddhist wedding sets an international precedent by helping the country become the first in Asia to legalize gay marriage in the future.

As the AFP is reporting, Fish Huang and her partner You Ya-ting, both 30 years old, wore traditional white gowns but opted to exchange prayer beads rather than wedding bands as they tied the knot in a monastery in Taoyuan, in northern Taiwan.

Among those to hail the ceremony's significance was Shih Chao-hui, the female Buddhist master who presided over the ritual. "We are witnessing history," Shih is quoted by the AFP as saying. "The two women are willing to stand out and fight for their fate... to overcome social discrimination."


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