China court refuses to allow gay marriage in landmark case

The Guardian 13 April 2016
Family First Comment: Not every country is capitulating!

A Chinese judge has rejected a gay couple’s attempt to secure the right to marry in the country’s first same-sex marriage case.

Sun Wenlin, 27, from the central province of Hunan, had sued the civil affairs bureau in the city of Changsha for the right to marry his 37-year-old partner Hu Mingliang, a security guard.

Sun decided to take legal action after authorities refused the couple’s request to have their relationship officially recognised as a marriage last June, on their first anniversary together.

In January a court in Changsha agreed to hear their case, which activists said was the first of its kind in China.

At lunchtime on Wednesday a judge in Changsha announced he was dismissing the case shortly after the three-hour trial hearing had ended.
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