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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 23:40

A Chinese Court Refused To Allow Marriage Equality

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Bad news in China, where a judge rejected the attempt of a gay couple to obtain the right to marry.

The case was brought before the Court of Changsha in January when Sun Wenlin and his partner had filed complaints against the civil affairs bureau of the Changsha City because it had refused to register them as a married couple.

It was obviously a big disappointment for Sun who held that the court had taken not a long time to make its decision. It was in any case a first attempt. This is indeed the first time a gay couple was seeking the right to marry in China through justice.

Certainly China has not legalized marriage equality, but be aware that the decriminalization of homosexuality dates back only 20 years, so there are still many people who think it is a crime or illness. Many doctors, including psychiatrists, believe that homosexuality can still be cured, particularly with electric shocks or therapy.

But we will remain on a positive touch, this was a first time, but it was probably not the last one. Sun plans to appeal the court decision.

"We will continue to appeal. I think it is worthwhile. It catches people's attention and it will help our opinions spread, " Sun told The GuardianThe Guardian.

"What we are trying to achieve is freedom and equality."

John Chen, an LGBT rights activist, said he was very optimistic about the future of the community in the country:

"It is a very amazing time for us right now. One year ago we couldn't have imagined such things in China. It is very inspiring.

"I think we will have more litigation like this in the future, on many other topics, and we will also encourage other communities to join this kind of litigation with us to use the Chinese law to change the Chinese law."

I will just conclude by notifying you that on Monday a court heard a case of discrimination carried by a Chinese trans* person for the first time.


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