Taiwan gay couple confirm court adoption ruling with legal documents

Taiwan activists said Wednesday that a court decision allowing a married gay man to adopt a non-biological child to his spouse gives hope but called on the government to grant adoption equality for all same-sex couples.

Taiwan is at the forefront of Asia’s burgeoning LGBT rights movement and became the first in the region to legalize marriage equality in 2019.

But same-sex couples still face limitations that others do not.

They can only adopt a biological child of their partner and they can only marry foreigners from countries where gay union is also legal.

In the first proprietary ruling of its kind in Taiwan, the Kaohsiung City Family Court allowed a 34-year-old man to become the legal guardian of his stepdaughter, who was adopted by her husband before marriage.

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