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06 Jun 2019 | 08:04 AM UTC

Hong Kong: Court grants spousal rights to same-sex couple June 6

Hong Kong, SAR China News Alert

Court of Final Appeal issues verdict granting spousal rights to same-sex couple on June 6; public demonstrations possible in coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/6/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong

Event

Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal issued a verdict on Thursday, June 6, that grants spousal rights and benefits to a same-sex couple. The verdict stated that the spouse of a gay civil servant who married overseas should receive spousal rights and benefits under the territory's anti-discrimination laws. Public demonstrations and associated disruptions are possible in the coming hours and days, particularly near the Chater Garden and the Court of Final Appeal courthouse.

Context

Hong Kong does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions and homosexuality was criminalized until 1991. The court previously ruled on a case that allowed a spousal visa for a foreign same-sex couple. Other cases involving civil partnerships and marriage are currently being heard in lower courts.

Advice

Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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