Japan: Court upholds marriage apartheid law

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“A court in Osaka has ruled that Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage was not ‘unconstitutional.’ The ruling on Monday dealt a setback to LGBTQ rights activists in the only Group of Seven nation that does not allow people of the same gender [sic] to marry. Three same-sex couples — two male and 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 also threw out their demands for 1 million yen ($7,414) in damages for each couple.” (06/20/22)