It is ‘unconstitutional’ not to consent to the marriage of a same-sex couple. A Japanese court ruled a landmark ruling on Wednesday. In so-called conservative countries like Japan, activists fighting for the legal rights of gay marriage see the ruling as unprecedented.
Japan’s Sapporo District Court issued an unprecedented verdict on Wednesday. According to activists from Japan’s gay community, the ruling will mark a legal victory for same-sex marriage. Because, this is the first time that same-sex marriage has been legalized in Japan. Although Japan has not yet enacted a law on same-sex marriage. However, according to them, the ruling could open the door to legalize gay marriage rights in the future.
Bisexual marriage has been legal in Japan since 1880. However, same-sex marriage is still considered illegal in that country. However, bisexual marriage legally requires the consent of both parties.
In addition to legal barriers, there are barriers to so-called conservative societies like Japan. Many also claim that Japanese society is not liberal enough for homosexuals. Naturally, the people of the gay community as well as the agitators were overwhelmed by Wednesday’s verdict. Gon Matsunaka, director of Marriage for All Japan, a member of Pride House Tokyo, a group that advocates for gay marriage, welcomed the ruling. “I am really happy,” he said. We didn’t know what was going to happen until Verdict. But now I am very happy. The value of this verdict cannot be measured,” said the exasperated 44-year-old Matsunakar.
Although legally quite liberal compared to Asian countries, Japan has practically kept the gay community practically hidden. In Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, gay couples cannot inherit their partner’s property without access to marriage at this time. If the spouse has a child in addition to the legal disenfranchisement of the home in which he lives, there is a legal barrier to his guardianship. Members of the gay community in Japan can rent a house or seek medical treatment through partnership certificates from various municipalities. Nevertheless, homosexuals are deprived of the same rights as bisexual couples.
How was the path to this historic victory built? At the Sapporo District Court, a woman, along with two male partners, filed a lawsuit asking the Japanese government for 1-million-yen compensation.
They demanded that the Japanese government acknowledge the emotional pain they were going through because they had no right to marry their own partner legally. Apart from the protesters, the petitioners’ lawyers also think that this verdict has paved the way for many legal hurdles in the future.