S2:E5 Court deems same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional


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In a landmark decision, a Japanese court has ruled that the government's non-recognition of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, the Sapporo District Court delivered its ruling on a lawsuit filed in 2019 by three same-sex couples in Hokkaido.

The plaintiffs argued that being unable to marry disregards the principles of freedom and equality guaranteed by the Constitution.

The judge said in her decision on Wednesday that there should not be a difference in the legal benefits that a person receives, based on the individual's sexual orientation. She added that the current practices lack reasonable grounds and are discriminatory.

The plaintiffs had sought compensation from the government, but the court rejected that claim.

There are similar cases pending before courts in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. The Sapporo court was the first to hand down a decision.

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