Same-sex marriage case lost
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.