Two gay men mount first legal challenges to Hong Kong laws banning same-sex marriage, with court giving their applications green light to proceed

3b297c84-0f28Source: South China Morning Post

By Chris Lau

Two Hong Kong gay men have launched the first legal bids challenging the city for not allowing them to get married, it was revealed during a court hearing on Thursday.

The two separate legal challenges were mounted by a 21-year-old University Hong Kong student, known as TF, and a 31-year-old activist, known as STK, who argued in the High Court that the lack of options for same-sex couples to get married violated their right to equality under the city’s Bill of Rights and mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

Hong Kong does not recognise or permit marriage between two people of the same sex, an issue that has sparked numerous court challenges in recent years.

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  1. I do not know why so-called ‘gay’ couples insist on the same ‘marriage’ thing. Why do they not call their new kind of union a new kind of name? – with similar rights if you like. But marriage as such has been between different sexes from time immemorial.

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