- On Tuesday, the Tokyo metropolitan government revealed its draft of a new registration system that would recognize same-sex partnerships.
- Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike had already promised at the end of last year that the capital would start a system that allowed same-sex couples access to many of the benefits under marriage, including hospital visitation rights and the ability to rent apartments together, but excludes tax breaks and benefits.
- With the enactment of the policy, due to take effect in November, Tokyo joins the eight other prefectures that have already introduced some form of same-sex partnership system.
- The released draft describes the purpose of the new system as a way “to promote understanding among Tokyo residents about sexual diversity and to reduce inconveniences in daily lives surrounding sexual minorities in order to create more pleasant living conditions for them.”
- Advocates for sexual equality strongly pushed for same-sex marriage legislation at the time Tokyo was scheduled to host the Summer 2020 Olympics; however, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party shot down the bill.
- In a landmark ruling last year, Japan’s Sapporo District Court also ruled that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional; however, it did not produce any form of concrete legal rights for Japan’s LGBTQ-plus population.
On Tuesday, the Tokyo metropolitan government revealed its draft of a new registration system that would recognize same-sex partnerships.
The news comes after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s promise at the end of last year that the capital’s government would start a system that allowed same-sex couples access to many of the benefits under marriage, including hospital visitation rights and the ability to rent apartments together.
- A married same-sex couple became the first LGBTQ couple to legally adopt a child together in Taiwan this week.
- Taiwan’s law on same-sex marriage, passed in 2019, allowed one of the spouses to adopt the other’s biological child or a non-biologically related child as an unmarried individual, but the law did not permit same-sex couples to adopt a child together.
- The couple, who have been together for 16 years, prolonged their engagement and married after their paperwork to adopt their daughter was finalized before taking their case to court to have Chen equally recognized as a parent.
Wang Chen-wei and Chen Chun-ju are the first LGBTQ plus couple in Taiwan to legally adopt a non-biologically related child together.
LGBTQ plus activists have advocated to amend the 2019 law that legalized same-sex marriage to allow more freedoms for the marginalized community in the country, according to Taiwan News. Until late December, only one of the spouses in a same-sex marriage could adopt the other’s biological child, but the law prevented same-sex couples from adopting a child together who is not related to either of them biologically.
A same-sex couple whose marriage registration has been rejected twice in Taiwan is fighting back.
Challenging Taiwan’s same-sex law: The pair, 34-year-old Taiwanese man Lu Yin-jen and his 42-year-old Japanese partner Ariyoshi Eizaburo, is planning to file a lawsuit against the Taipei municipal government on Thursday for refusing to accept their marriage registration, reported NHK World.
India’s top lawyer has expressed his opposition against the legalization of same-sex marriage in response to a petition raised to the Delhi High Court, NDTV reports.
Not permissible: Making his submission to the High Court, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said: “Our laws, our legal system, our society and our values do not recognize marriage, which is a sacrament, between same-sex couples.”
An American man who married a Japanese man in the U.S. sued the Japanese government this week, demanding long-term resident status foreigners in heterosexual marriages typically get rights to.
Andrew High and his Japanese husband, identified only as Kohei, have been together for 15 years before tying the knot in 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across all 50 states.
Social media users from around the world are celebrating the union of two Indian grooms who tied the knot in a traditional Hindu ceremony earlier this month.View this post on Instagram
In an apparent bid to settle for the closest thing to gay marriage, same-sex couples in China have reportedly been naming their partners as legal guardians.
According to Sohu News, same-sex couples from all ages are adopting the practice, which is common among the elderly but not young adults.
Scott Chen, the president of gay dating app Grindr, has backtracked on his recent comments on the issue of gay marriage after generating backlash from within the app’s own community.
Chen had earlier wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that he believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman.” It was posted just days after voters in Taiwan rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum.
A Singaporean couple whose marriage was thrown out last year after one partner underwent gender-affirming surgery could finally get answers following a court’s agreement to review the decision.
After an eight-year relationship, the couple, whose names have been withheld, married as man and woman in October 2015. However, the man at the time was already in the process of transitioning, having formally changed his name.
At 91, Hawaiian princess and heiress to the House of Kawānanakoa, Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawananakoa showed that it’s never too late to tie the knot after she exchanged marriage vows with her 63-year-old partner, Veronica Gail Worth, of 21 years.
The royal marriage announcement revealed that the couple “could not be happier to have sanctified their longtime loving relationship,” according to Hawaii News Now.
The first two men in the video below, who wished to remain anonymous, have been together for eight years and when asked if they would ever get married, they told the TV network that only “if a proper marriage system is in place that brings them on par with the rest of the world,” according to SoraNews24.
Just in time for Pride Month, the city of Sapporo has become the first major city in Japan to officially recognize same-sex relationships on Thursday.
Sapporo has also become the first municipality in Japan to certify partnerships between heterosexual couples with gender-identity disorder.