Two cities in Taiwan will from January 1st allow same-sex registered partnerships in one city to be effective in the other.
The collaboration will allow the country’s largest cities Taipei and Kaohsiung to share records, meaning that couples will not have to re-register if they move between cities. It will also allow couples to apply for and obtain official letters or to cancel their registration in either city.
Taipei’s Department of Civil Affairs said it is collaborating with Kaohsiung “to give more same-sex couples spiritual comfort, and to ensure that the promises they made to each other regarding their lives can be carried out.” The decision, it announced, aims to “implement gender diversity practices and promote the rights of same-sex couples.”
Although registration does not provide for the same rights as married heterosexual couples, it allows partners to sign medical contracts for each other.