Wednesday, 6 January 2016

China Fight to Legalize Gay Marriage

With growing acceptance of the LGBT community in China, is marriage next?
The right for homosexuals to marry will be challenged legally after a court in Changsha, Hunan province agreed to hear the case.

Sun Wenlin, 26, filed a suit against the civil affairs bureau to allow him to marry his 36-year-old partner so that they could have a family.

"I think from a legal point of view, we should be successful," Sun said. "Our marriage law says there is freedom to marry and gender equality. These words can be applied to same-sex marriage."

He said he tried to marry his partner back in June at Furong district civil affairs bureau but they were rejected, as the official said marriage had to be between a man and a woman.

Activists say that because the court accepted the case, this is a positive sign that China is willing to address inequality in the LGBT community.

Up until 2001, China regarded homosexuality as a mental disorder, but even today many gay men are quiet about their sexual orientation.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what happens in this case. Either way it's definitely a step forward for gays in China to be heard in the courts.

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