Kaohsiung issues nation’s first ‘partnership card’ to two women

Kaohsiung, being the first city in Taiwan to register same-sex couples on May 20, on Friday issued the first same-sex partnership card to two young women.

The couple, Yang Ying-fan (陳盈汎) and Wu Yu-ting (吳羽婷) , was elated about getting the card, believing that this will give them more protection legally and that their partner will less likely “run away “now that it’s formally recognized.

Chen Shu-fang (陳淑芳), deputy director of Kaohsiung City’s Civil Affairs Bureau, was on hand to congratulate the two as well as present them with gifts.

Chen noted that it is not very convenient for same-sex couples to carry documents that register their relation.

It is more convenient to carry the card, which has the basic information of the two women’s names, birth dates, and birth places, just like an ID card and is more convenient for medical institutions to make contacts in case of emergency.

Chen expressed hope that people seeking homosexual or heterosexual relationships could find good partners in life.

One of the household registration offices in the city’s Sanmin District revealed that a total of 32 couples have gone to the office to request such a card.

Meanwhile, Taipei said that it will take stock of the card issued by Kaohsiung City government to design a similar card.

Lan Shih-tsung (藍世聰), commissioner of Taipei’s Department of Civil Affairs, said that the city will communicate with LGBT groups to learn about their needs before producing the cards.

“We’ll issue the card very soon,” Lan said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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