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Mon Jun 20, 2022, 11:29 AM

Japan court says ban on same-sex marriage constitutional

Source: AP

By MARI YAMAGUCHI

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Monday that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said their right to free union and equality has been violated.

The Osaka District Court ruling is the second decision on the issue, and disagrees with a ruling last year by a Sapporo court that found the ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. It underscores how divisive the issue remains in Japan, the only member of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations that does not recognize same-sex unions.

In its ruling, the Osaka court rejected the plaintiffs’ demand for 1 million yen ($7,400) in damages per couple for discrimination they face.

The plaintiffs — two male couples and one female couple — were among 14 same-sex couples who filed lawsuits against the government in five major cities — Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Osaka — in 2019 for violating rights to free union and equality.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/japan-osaka-tokyo-marriage-government-and-politics-bbe7567af557cdb278357748a6b75dd8

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Reply Japan court says ban on same-sex marriage constitutional (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jun 20 OP
RKP5637 Jun 20 #1
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LiberalFighter Jun 20 #3
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2022, 11:35 AM

1. Incredible!!! So damn backward!!! n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2022, 12:25 PM

2. Then perhaps they need a new Constitution.

Not an expert in the Japanese Constitution, but if it doesn't protect people from arbitrary discrimination, then it needs to be modified to do so.

-- Mal

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2022, 01:10 PM

3. If they truly believe they can't get married wouldn't that mean...

being gay is illegal too and therefore shouldn't the parents be sent to prison?

Or maybe the parents should commit hari-kari? Along with the siblings? And other relatives?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2022, 01:18 PM

4. Coming soon to a state near you.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jun 20, 2022, 04:33 PM

5. How disgusting and backwards the court is.

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Mon Jun 20, 2022, 06:01 PM

6. All governments, courts, constitutions, and most politicians are miles behind society majorities.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2022, 12:54 AM

7. Of course, typical. Will take decades before same-sex marriage is allowed.

Married couples are still required to have the same surnames. Women can't keep their names after marriage, some men change theirs to their wife's name.

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