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Japan Outlaws Same-Sex Marriages

Japan Outlaws Same-Sex Marriages

Japan’s constitution currently stands against same-sex marriages stating that legal marriage was one between both human genders. The local district court in Osaka, Japan has announced that the ban on same-sex union does not go against the law. The ruling is a huge shock to homosexual couples and rights activities, especially as it is coming after 2021’s Sapporo district court ruled that same-sex marriages were unconstitutional.

Japan is the only nation in the G7 group of developed countries that don’t permit individuals of the same sexes to wed. General opinion polls have shown that the public stance was for same-sex unions. The capital city Tokyo has commenced giving partnership certificates, to aid gay couples to rent out houses and have access to hospital visitation. 

The district court’s decision has been a major blow for same-sex rights activists and couples, who were gearing up to ramp up pressure on the Japanese government to confront gay unions. Under the present rules, same-sex couples are not allowed to officially wed. they are additionally unable to inherit their significant other’s assets and have no parental rights over their partner’s children/wards.

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Nonetheless, partnership certificates being given by some individual organizations aid the gay couples to rent a house together and gain hospital visitation rights, however, they don’t give them the full official rights heterosexual couples simply have.

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