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Tokyo moves forward with gay marriage plan

The local government in the city of 14 million is considering introducing a “same-sex partnership” after its local assembly unanimously called for such a move, Kyodo said.

Some local neighborhoods in Tokyo, as well as other local municipalities, have already introduced a similar plan that officially recognizes same-sex couples. This gives them some of the same rights as heterosexual married couples.

But critics say LGBTQ couples are still at a disadvantage in areas such as taxation, even under such partnership agreements.

A local court in Sapporo, northern Japan, ruled in March that same-sex couples who cannot marry were “unconstitutional,” the country’s first ruling on the legality of same-sex marriage.

Homosexuality has been legal in Japan since 1880, and the country is relatively liberal compared to some other Asian countries. The only place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage is Taiwan.


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