Continuing the trend of leading Asia in progressing LGBTQ causes, the nation of Taiwan has announced it will allow same-sex couples to marry in military-style weddings.
Military weddings are a tradition in Taiwan, with the armed forces holding joint weddings for military service members. This year will see there same-sex couples partake in the patriotic event. Service members will marry their partners wearing traditional military garb: a high honor in the country.
Taiwan became the first Asian nation to legalize marriage equality earlier this year, in May. Following suit, the military began accepting applications from same-sex couples to wed in the joint marriage ceremony. Same-sex spouses will also have access to all the benefits as straight couples, including medical care, education, and discounts on utility bills.
According to reports, two couples from the Navy will partake in the event, as well as one from the Taiwanese Air Force. The Air Force ceremony will occur in late October, with the Naval ceremony to follow in November.