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Japanese court rules out a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but hopes still


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© Reuters. Plaintiffs hold placards outside the courthouse after hearing the verdict on same-sex marriage, in Tokyo, Japan, November 30, 2022. The placards read “One Step Towards Marriage Equality”. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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By Elaine Lies

TOKYO (Reuters) – A court on Wednesday said Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional, dealing a blow to LGBTQ rights with a second such ruling in the only G7 country that does not allow marriage. same-sex kiss.

But in what the plaintiffs see as a sign of hope, the Tokyo district court’s ruling also said the lack of any legal system allowing same-sex couples to have families is a violation of human rights. surname.

Japan’s constitution defines marriage as based on “consent of both sexes” and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s ruling party has revealed no plans to consider the matter or propose legislation.

The court ruled that banning same-sex marriage was constitutional, reaching the same conclusion as a court in Osaka in June. A court in Sapporo, northern Japan, last year raised hopes when it ruled the ban was unconstitutional.

Eight of the four couples involved in the case say the ban on same-sex marriage is against their human rights. They also asked for damages of 1 million yen each, but the court rejected this claim.

The decision comes a day after the US Senate passed a bill to protect same-sex marriage and Singapore lifted a ban on same-sex sex but limited the prospect of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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