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Japan court rules for same-sex marriage

Plaintiffs’ lawyers and supporters outside Sapporo District Court in Japan on Wednesday Associated Press/Photo by Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News

Japan court rules for same-sex marriage

Three same-sex couples claimed a victory in their lawsuit seeking damages from the Japanese government for not allowing them to get married. Judge Tomoko Takebe on Wednesday declared Article 14 of the Japanese Constitution, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, means the country should give homosexual couples the right to marry. This is the first of five gay marriage lawsuits—four with almost identical wording—to receive a ruling.

What happens now? The decision does not redefine marriage in Japan, but activists see it as a step in that direction. Public support for such a change is lukewarm, and the legislature likely will not alter the law anytime soon, Japan Times reported. Taiwan passed a law in 2019 making it the only Asian country that allows same-sex marriage.

Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in The Sift on Taiwan’s decision to legalize same sex marriage despite strong voter opposition.

Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas.



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Again, politicians bow to an extremely small minority, and oppose the wishes of the huge majority.

The cause?  "Your adversary, the devil, prowls like a lion, seeking those he may devour."