The visa, usually given to the husbands and wives of foreigners working in Hong Kong, was denied because she was not considered a spouse, the woman said. Same-sex marriage is banned in the territory although discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal. Campaigners say this is a landmark case that could lead to greater equality. The woman, who has been identified as QT, entered into a civil partnership in England in 2011 after more than seven years with her partner. In the same year, the couple moved to Hong Kong after QT's partner was offered a job there.
September 25 / BBC