A Japanese court ruled that not allowing same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, …
A Japanese court ruled that not allowing same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a landmark decision that could herald a new era for marriage equality in the country. It’s the first time that a court has ruled on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in Japan, the only Group of Seven (G7) country that has not recognized either same-sex civil unions or same-sex marriage. The case began in 2019, when three couples in Hokkaido prefecture filed a lawsuit claiming about $9,160 in damages each for the psychological harm caused by the government not allowing same-sex marriage. Sapporo District Court in Hokkaido ruled Wednesday the government’s lack of recognition for same-sex marriage was in breach of a section of the constitution that requires equal laws for everyone. But the court dismissed the couples’ claims for damages.
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