A court in the city of Changsha on Wednesday threw out a suit against the local civil affairs bureau that refused to issue a same-sex couple a marriage registration certificate.
CHANGSHA, China (AP) — A judge has ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case.
The court in the city of Changsha on Wednesday threw out the suit against the local civil affairs bureau that refused to issue the couple a marriage registration certificate.
The couple’s lawyer Shi Funong said he expected the ruling not so soon — within just a few hours.
The plaintiff Sun Wenlin said he would appeal until he exhausts all legal options.
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The lawsuit comes amid growing awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in China, where society and the government have generally frowned on non-traditional expressions of gender and sexuality.
China doesn’t legally recognize same-sex marriage and officials with the central government have said they do not see the law changing soon.