A Court In Hong Kong Has Ruled That The Government Must Legally Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships

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09/07/2023

Hong Kong’s Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must provide a legal framework to recognize same-sex partnerships. In Hong Kong, the constitution only recognizes “marriage” as being between between a man and a woman. The move comes after Jimmy Sham, a pro-democracy activist, sued the government for not recognizing same-sex marriage. Sham married his partner in the USA in 2013, but his marriage is not recognized in Hong Kong. Sham, who is currently in prison under the national security law, argued that this is unconstitutional and brought the case forward in 2018.

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