Hong Kong’s top court ruled that the Chinese territory's legislature should provide a framework for recognizing same-sex partnerships in a landmark decision for the city’s LGBTQ community.
The high court refused to recognize full marriage equality for homosexual couples but said the government had a responsibility “to provide them with a sense of legitimacy, dispelling any sense that they belong to an inferior class of persons whose relationship is undeserving of recognition.”
The court order gives the government two years to legally recognize same-sex civil unions. The ruling is the first time the court has directly addressed the issue.
Currently, Hong Kong only recognizes same-sex marriage for certain purposes such as taxation, civil service benefits and dependent visas.
Surveys showed 60% of the respondents showed support for same-sex marriage in 2023, up from 38% in 2013, according to a report issued by researchers in May.
It's time Hong Kong!!!