A Court In Japan Rules In Favour Of LGBTQ Community And Same-Sex Marriage

A Japan court has said that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and this might be the stepping stone towards the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

Debanjali Kabiraj

March 18, 2021

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A historic judgement has been passed by a district court of Japan. The court has ruled in favour LGBTQ community and has said that the ban on same-sex marriage is “unconstitutional”. The court of Sapporo has however denied the compensation that was demanded by homosexual couples for being denied the same rights as heterosexual couples.

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Homosexual couples in Japan are not allowed to inherit the properties of their partners like the house they might have shared. They also do not have any parental rights to the children of their partner. Although the partnership certificate does help in renting houses and medical facilities, homosexual couples do not have the same rights as heterosexual couples.

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Four other courts have witnessed similar cases and the ruling is yet to come out but the ruling by Sapporo district court might help shape the rulings of the other courts. Even if all the courts have similar judgements, it is not guaranteed that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Japan. The citizens of the country say that there are many people who belong to the LGBTQ community but they are yet to come out to their family and friends.

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As compared to other countries of Asia, Japan has a quite liberal view about the LGBTQ community.  Among all Asian countries, Taiwan is the only one that recognises same-sex marriage. Since 1880, homosexual sex has been made legal in Japan but the social attitude isn’t very welcoming for the LGBTQ community in the country.

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