I got married to a Taiwanese citizen in South Africa in 2008. I was quite aware that Taiwan would not recognize the legality of the marriage, but I was quite surprised when TECO in SA told me to contact MOFA, which I did. They then told me that I should get all the same documents as required for a heterosexual marriage and I will be granted a Marital Visa.
Off I went to SA, just to be disappointed. TECO then told me they used to approve the documents but that MOFA subsequently told them to not authorize the same-sex marriage certificate as a legal document. When I asked MOFA about this, they said they meant “IF I can get all the necessary documents…” I was ready to strangle some-one at this point, as they knowingly sent me on an expensive wild goose chase.
Back in Taiwan, I was repeatedly told to get my marriage certificate legalized by TECO, and after I explain my experience, I am greeted by surprise on the official’s side.
I have been informed by TECO that Taiwan is busy amending the current laws to accept same-sex marriage certificates as legal documents, but on a different level, as they don’t want it to be similar to heterosexual ones.
However, when I inquire at MOFA or Immigration no-one can enlighten me about any progress.
Is any human rights, or gay rights organization looking into this matter? Or does anyone know more about this?