Calls for same-sex mar­riage in Ja­pan

The China Post - - LIFE -

Some 3,000 peo­ple marched in a gay pride pa­rade in Tokyo on Sun­day as calls grow for Ja­pan to le­gal­ize same- sex mar­riage af­ter a les­bian cou­ple held a sym­bolic wed­ding cer­e­mony.

The crowd, mainly from the les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der ( LGBT) com­mu­nity as well as their sup­port­ers and sex work­ers, pa­raded through the cap­i­tal’s en­ter­tain­ment and shop­ping dis­trict of Shibuya.

Wav­ing rain­bow-colored flags and ban­ners, for­eign and Ja­panese cam­paign­ers marched in col­or­ful car­ni­val and ki­mono-clad “geisha” out­fits.

The an­nual pa­rade came a week af­ter a les­bian cou­ple tied the knot in front of some 80 rel­a­tives and friends in Shibuya, although their mar­riage is not legally rec­og­nized.

The Shibuya dis­trict coun­cil voted ear­lier this year to is­sue “part­ner­ship” cer­tifi­cates to gay cou­ples, the first such recog­ni­tion of same-sex unions in Ja­pan. Other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are now con­sid­er­ing do­ing the same.

The cer­tifi­cate will carry only sym­bolic sig­nif­i­cance, since the Ja­panese con­sti­tu­tion iden­ti­fies mar­riage as a union based on mu­tual con­sent of the par­ties from “both sexes”.

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