Japan: Osaka court rules ban on same-sex marriage constitutional


Japan’s ban on same-sex marriages does not violate the constitution, a district court in Osaka has ruled. The ruling dealt a blow to gay couples and rights activists, after another district court in Sapporo ruled in 2021 that the failure to recognise same-sex marriage was “unconstitutional”. Japan’s constitution defines marriage as one between “both sexes”. It is the only country in the G7 group of developed nations that doesn’t allow people of the same gender to marry. Opinion polls show a majority of the general public is in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in Japan. Several areas – including Tokyo – have begun issuing partnership certificates, to help same-sex couples rent properties and gain hospital visitation rights.(BBC)…[+]