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LGBTQ rights blow in Japan as court upholds same-sex marriage ban


LGBTQ rights blow in Japan as court upholds same-sex marriage ban

The country lags far behind other G7 nations on the issue, and it’s starting to hurt business

Elaine Lies

A Japanese court on Monday ruled the country’s ban on same-sex marriage was not unconstitutional, dealing a setback to LGBTQ rights activists in the only Group of Seven nation that does not allow people of the same gender to marry.

Three same-sex couples — two male, one female — had filed the case in the Osaka district court, only the second to be heard on the issue in Japan. In addition to rejecting their claim that being unable to marry was unconstitutional, the court threw out their demands for a million yen (R118,7001) in damages for each couple.

The ruling dashes activists’ hopes of raising pressure on the government to address the issue, after a Sapporo court in March 2021 decided in favour of a claim that not allowing same-sex marriage was unconstitutional...

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