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China Rejects Marriage Equality: LGBT Couples Lose Fight for Love


A Chinese gay couple has lost their fight for love after a judge in China on Wednesday ruled out that the couple cannot be registered as married.

The two men, Sun Wenlin(27) and Hu Mingliang(37), have lost faith in Chinese laws after they filed a lawsuit against the authorities in Changsha, Hunan Province, in southern China.

In June 2015, the couple tried to register for the marriage but was turned down by the authorities. However, the district court agreed to hear the couple’s case which was quite astonishing and gathered a lot of attention.

The case was supposed to be heard in January but was postponed.

“I had hope before the trial started, but when I saw the official from Civil Affairs Ministry look at the judge, I knew that the result had been decided in advance,” Sun said in a reprot by USA TODAY.

Around hundreds of gay supporters gathered outside the court in central China, out of which around 100 were allowed inside the court.

The case was dismissed within few hours. The couple’s lawyer, Shi Funong, said he didn’t expect the ruling to come so quickly.

“It goes against the spirit of the laws of the People’s Republic of China,” he said in a report by BBC.

In 1997, homosexuality was decriminalised in China. Sun said that they should be authorised to marry as China does not ban same-sex marriage.

“We said this at the hearing, but they just kept repeating articles that mention ‘a man and a woman,” he said.

After filing the lawsuit, the police tried to coax him to withdraw the suit.

“ They told me that everyone has the responsibility to carry on the family line and that I am violating traditional beliefs. I told them it’s your freedom to carry on (the) family line, and my freedom to choose not to,” he said.

Sun added that the rationale behind the case was also to secure equality for gay people and to treat them like normal human beings.


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