Chinese Gay Couple Makes History By Suing Government for Right to Marry

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A Chinese court has accepted a gay civil case for a gay man’s right to marry—a first for the country. The man, Sun Wenlin, sued after the civil affairs bureau denied him a marriage license. The 26-year-old said that a court in the capital of the Hunan province will take the case.

“I think from a legal point of view, we should be successful,” Sun said. “Our marriage law says there is the freedom to marry and gender equality. These words can be applied to same-sex marriage.”


Activists are already calling this a victory for gay and lesbian rights in the country.

“In China, courts often reject politically sensitive cases, so the fact that the lawsuit is accepted signals some official willingness to address discrimination against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people, which is encouraging,” said Maya Wang, a China researcher at New York-based group Human Rights Watch. [Retuers]

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