https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/at- ... s.mzwgRfjGThey expect authorities to reject their application. Then, they plan to join 12 other couples in filing damages against the central government on 14 February.
‘It’s unfair that same-sex couples are not able to enjoy the rights given to heterosexual couples,’ said the couple’s lawyer, Takeharu Kato.
Last month, ten couples announced they would file suits in courts across the country.
They are seeking compensation from the government. The couples’ lawsuit states that the government’s position on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Article 24 of Japan’s constitution says ‘marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes.’
Lawyers representing the couples argue this includes same-sex marriages.
‘Marriage is a fundamental right under the Constitution, and this should be applied to same-sex couples’ Takeharu Kato said.
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As Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam continue to discuss bills that would at least introduce civil partnerships for the LGBT community, Japan has slowly been making progress - a most unlikely progress! A lesbian couple in Sapporo has joined another 12 couples in an action to sue the Japanese government.