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Japan’s failure to recognize same-sex marriage is ‘unconstitutional,’ court rules




This is the first time a court has ruled on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in Japan, the only country in the Group of Seven (G7) that has not recognized it either. same-sex civil unions or gay marriage.

The case began in 2019, when three couples from Hokkaido prefecture filed a lawsuit claiming one million yen (about $ 9,160) in damages each for psychological harm caused by the government that does not allow same-sex marriage, Kyodo News reported .

Japan does not recognize same-sex unions across the country, although some parts of the country broadcast. “certificates of collaboration“granting certain rights to heterosexual couples to same – sex couples.

The Sapporo district court in Hokkaido ruled Wednesday that the government’s lack of recognition for same-sex marriage violates a section of the constitution that requires equal laws for everyone, according to Kyodo News.

But the court dismissed the couples’ claims for damages, according to the agency.

The law in Japan

Homosexuality has been legal in Japan since 1880 and the country is relatively liberal compared to some other Asian nations. Not more a place in Asia has legalized same-sex marriage – Taiwan.
Two rooms in Tokyo passed an ordinance in 2015 this allowed same-sex couples to obtain “marriage certificates” that granted them some of the same rights as married heterosexual couples. Since then, dozens of municipalities have passed ordinances that unofficially recognize same-sex relationships.
But activists say Japan’s LGBTQ community still faces prejudice and the country does not but enacted a national anti-discrimination law which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.
Human Rights Watch nonprofit, along with other LGBTQ organizations, has been calling Japan adopt an equality law before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.