Same-sex mar­riage case lost

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Two gay men who lost a court case in which they sought the right to marry have vowed to carry on their fight.

It was the first case in China in which gay peo­ple tested whether same- sex cou­ples have the right to marry. While ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is not il­le­gal in China, same-sex mar­riage has not yet been ex­plic­itly le­gal­ized.

The law­suit was brought by the cou­ple who were chal­leng­ing the de­ci­sion of a lo­cal civil af­fairs bureau that had de­nied them the right to marry. The case was dis­missed on Wed­nes­day af­ter an open hear­ing that lasted three hours and that was held be­fore an au­di­ence of nearly 200 peo­ple that in­cluded many jour­nal­ists. The case was heard at a court in Hu­nan prov­ince.

The judge said China did not have ex­plicit laws con­cern­ing same-sex mar­riage and that a hus­band and wife could only be a man and a woman un­der the mar­riage law.

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