Hong Kong court ruling overturns anti-LGBT housing policy

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6/25/2021

Married same-sex partners will be allowed to own subsidised housing together in Hong Kong after a landmark High Court ruling on Friday, a major stride for LGBT rights in the financial hub. Hong Kong does not recognise same-sex marriage but individual couples can challenge discriminatory policies in court. Hong Kong’s subsidised housing policies, which do not acknowledge same-sex partners as a tenant’s family member, “constitute unlawful discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation,” the Court said. The case was a second victory for gay couple Henry Li and his deceased partner Edgar Ng against the city’s government, after a 2020 ruling allowing same-sex couples equal rights to inheritance.

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