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Same-sex marriage in Taiwan

Summary
Same-sex marriage between citizens became legal in Taiwan on 24 May 2019, making it the first state in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Marriages between Taiwanese and foreign citizens were initially restricted to citizens of countries that also recognized same-sex marriage. That limitation was rescinded on 19 January 2023. The one remaining exception is citizens of the People's Republic of China — mainland China — because cross-straits marriages must be registered in mainland China before they can apply in Taiwan. Initially, Taiwanese same-sex marriage legislation did not cover joint adoption for children genetically unrelated to the couple, though one instance was approved by a local court in 2022. In May 2023, full joint adoption was formally approved by the Legislative Yuan. Partnership registration Same-sex couples are able to legally register their relationship through special "partnership registrations" (同性伴侶註記) in 18 of Taiwan's cities and counties that account
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