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Wed Feb 13, 2019, 08:25 PM

Japanese same-sex couples sue for equal marital rights

Source: Associated Press

Japanese same-sex couples sue for equal marital rights

By MARI YAMAGUCHI
February 13, 2019

TOKYO (AP) — Ken Kozumi and Kenji Aiba have held onto a marriage certificate they signed at their wedding party in 2013, anticipating that Japan would emulate other advanced nations and legalize same-sex unions.

That day has yet to come, and legally they are just friends even though they’ve lived as a married couple for more than five years. So they decided to act rather than waiting.

On Thursday, Valentine’s Day, Kozumi and Aiba are joining a dozen other same-sex couples in Japan’s first lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the country’s rejection of same-sex marriage.

The 13 gay couples contend that the law violates their constitutional right to equality. They are demanding that the government follow the example of many other nations in guaranteeing marital freedom.

Ten Japanese municipalities have enacted “partnership” ordinances for same-sex couples to make it easier for them to rent apartments together, among other things, but they are not legally binding.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/5ccc1dd4a9dd486b94fb33d30261d4c7

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