ADDED ON: 10/18/2019

Hong Kong court turns down first judicial challenge for same-sex marriage but urges government to review policies

10/18/2019 | South China Morning Post

A Hong Kong court on Friday turned down the city’s first judicial challenge for same-sex marriage and civil union partnerships, but urged the government to “undertake a comprehensive review” to save time and money from court actions arising from discrimination. Court of First Instance judge Mr Justice Anderson Chow ruled against a lesbian woman known as MK who complained that the government’s failure to provide the options of marriage or civil union partnerships had violated her constitutional rights. The judge said the existing laws did not cover same-sex marriage, adding it would be “beyond the proper scope of the functions and powers of the court to change a social policy on a fundamental issue”.


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