Wednesday, April 13, 2016

First same-sex marriage in denied in China

A judge in China ruled on Wednesday that same-sex couples cannot marry. This is the first time a Chinese court has addressed gay marriage.  A gay couple that desired to be man and man were denied a petition to marry last June by the civil affairs bureau in Changsha, Hunan Province.

Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang(pictured above) filed a suit against the authorities, but the judge in the district court rejected their appeal on Wednesday. The presiding judge cited that the law only permits only “men and women” to wed. The couple, however, argued Chinese law does not include an actual ban—and said they would appeal. In an interview with The New York Times, Sun said, “The fact that marriage between a man and a woman is legal does not suggest that marriage between two men is illegal.”

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