Hong Kong court rejects gay marriage appeal

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08/25/2022

Hong Kong, China — Hong Kong’s gay community suffered a fresh legal setback on Wednesday after the Court of Appeal rejected an appeal against the city’s long-held denial of same-sex marriage to those who have legally wed overseas. LGTBQ activists have won multiple court victories in recent years against the discrimination that is currently baked into Hong Kong’s laws. But Wednesday’s ruling means any lifting of the current ban on gay marriage will likely need to come via legislation and not the courts. The appeal was lodged by prominent activist Jimmy Sham, who married his Hong Kong partner in the United States in 2013, and is trying to get that partnership legally recognized in his home city.

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