World Japan: Same-sex couple sues Japanese gov't claiming inability to marry is unconstitutional

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    FUKUOKA -- A same-sex couple filed a lawsuit on Sept. 5 seeking damages from the Japanese government for the non-recognition of the legal marriage between same-sex couples, which they argue is unconstitutional.

    Suits questioning the law's stance on same-sex marriages were filed simultaneously at four district courts, in Tokyo and other areas, in February. But this action, lodged at the Fukuoka District Court, is the first time such a case has been launched in the Kyushu and Yamaguchi areas of western Japan.

    The couple behind the suit, Kosuke, 30, and Masahiro, 31, said, "We want to make same-sex marriage in Japan a reality, and reduce the number of people who will be concerned by these same issues in the future."

    Both plaintiffs are company employees, and they have refrained from releasing their surnames or the spelling of their names using kanji characters. They became a couple in May 2017, and the following month they started living together.

    This July they attempted to file a marriage registration at a ward office in the city of Fukuoka, but they were told that a marriage application in which the relevant parties were both men was not legal, and their request was turned down.

    Read more here. (Mainichi)

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