marriage equals equality

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After fighting for 30 years, Taiwan’s gay rights crusader senses victory for marriage equality
In 1986 when Taiwan was under military rule, Chi Chia-wei came out publicly as gay and spent 162 days in prison.

Fascinating look at the life of Chi Chia-wei, whose case it was that led to the Taiwanese court declaring bans on same sex marriage unconstitutional. 

He’s been fighting for LGBTQ rights for 30 years. He was the first person to publicly come out in Taiwan in 1986, during a time when the country was under martial law. When he submitted a request for gay marriage to be recognized, he was imprisoned.

Still, through immense passion and dedication, Taiwan is immensely close to marriage equality. The public largely says yes, and now so too do the judges.

“I never tire,” Chi said. “Every morning when I wake up, it’s like my first day of doing this 30 years ago.”

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Taiwan takes historic step toward same-sex marriage legalization

  • In a landmark ruling on Wednesday, Taiwan’s constitutional court positioned the country to become the first in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.
  • Previously, Taiwan’s civil code had stipulated that marriage must be between a man and a woman. 
  • But in a majority opinion, the court ruled that the ban on same-sex unions ran afoul of two articles of the country’s constitution that upholding human dignity and equality in the eyes of the law, according to the Associated Press. Read more (5/24/17)
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‘OITNB’ actress Samira Wiley and writer Lauren Morelli marry

  • After helping bring some of television’s best love stories to life on Orange Is the New Black, actress Samira Wiley and OITNB writer Lauren Morelli have now added a new chapter to their own.
  • As reported by Martha Stewart Weddings, the couple tied the knot Saturday at a ceremony in Palm Springs, where the two were first engaged.
  • The “fun-filled fête,” which will be featured in an upcoming issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, included an outdoor ceremony officiated by Wiley’s parents, a recession set to Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It” and a blast of confetti to punctuate the couple’s first dance. Both women wore custom Christian Siriano gowns for the occasion. Read more. (3/27/2017 2:33 PM)

My country is celebrating 100 years of independence this year and we are also achieving marriage equality on the 1st of March. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our achievements as a nation than celebrating equality and human rights. Congratulations, Finland, may there be many more victories such as this and may your freedom last a thousand years!

(yes, the Finnish flag appears backwards because she’s waving it around)

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‘We Will’ follows the story of a lesbian couple; from their first date, their first awkward kiss, up until their wedding day.

Our short film is about the normality of same-sex relationships. Claire (Bianca Bradey) and Rachel (Madeleine Withington) are just like any other couple. The love that they share is the same as anyone else’s, and we think they deserve a special day to proclaim their love, not just amongst friends and family, but as equals under the law.

I found this through the writer and its so beautiful … check it out.