A gay rights group in Taiwan has announced it will host the wedding celebrations of 60 lesbian couples, the AFP reported.

The symbolic weddings are part of a campaign to legalize gay marriage in the island nation, which restricts marriage to heterosexual couples.

Roughly 1,000 people are expected to attend the mass wedding, which will take place during a private ceremony later this month.

Organizers also said the event is a celebration of the recent legalization of gay marriage in New York.

“We are celebrating the recent legalization of gay marriage in New York,” said organizer AJ Wang, “and we hope that Taiwan will make the same move in the near future.”

“We also want the public to see that so many gay couples are committed to each other and they deserve to be recognized and treated fairly,” she added.

Taiwan became the first country in Asia in 2003 to introduce a bill that would legalize gay marriage and allow gay and lesbian couples to adopt children, but President Ma Ying-jeou has said public support is needed before the measure can be debated.

Last year's Gay Pride Parade drew 30,000 revelers.