Evidently, Japan isn’t nearly so enlightened as the United States.
On Monday — amid Pride Month — Osaka District Court’s Judge Doi Fumi issued a ruling on gay marriage.
At issue was whether the nation’s lack of same-sex marriage violated its constitution.
A discrimination claim had been filed by three gay couples — one female and two male. The couple was suing them for 1,000,000 yen (7,400) each.
As reported by The Associated Press, they aren’t the only ones to have taken legal course:
The plaintiffs…were among 14 same-sex couples who filed lawsuits against the government in five major cities — Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Osaka — in 2019 for violating rights to free union and equality.
The marriage status was declared unconstitutional by a Sapporo court last year.
However, per Judge Doi in Osaka, it in no way conflicts with the nation’s Article 24.
The AP notes Japan’s cultural condition:
Japan has slowly increased support for sexual diversity, however legal protections for transgender, lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not yet in place. LGBTQ people are often discriminated against at work, at school, and at home. Many choose to hide their sexuality.
Rights groups had pushed for passage of an equality act ahead of last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, when international attention was focused on Japan, but the bill was quashed by the conservative governing party.
The Osaka court asserted that the 1947 constitution’s freedom-of-marriage provision only applies to opposite-sex unions. Judge Osaka also believes marriage should be a traditional concept for:
Judge Fumi Doi stated that marriage is for heterosexual partners. This system was established by society in order to preserve a union between women and men who have and rear children. However, there are many ways to safeguard same-sex relationships.
In America, marriage was once considered a method of raising children. But that notion — like many others that once underpinned society — has been ushered out. Even so, a ruling such as Judge Doi’s wouldn’t have been notably out of place relatively few years ago.
Despite the Japanese court’s decision, it did encourage parliament to find ways to protect gay relationships — including, possibly, efforts toward legalizing same-sex marriage.
Gay marriage, however, is not a possibility for the moment.
At a news conference, plaintiff Akiyoshi Tanaka said a win would’ve fueled the need for parliamentary action.
Even so, he asserted, “We don’t have time to feel discouraged.”
Plaintiffs intend to appeal.
As noted by the AP, Japan is “the only member of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations that does not recognize same-sex unions.”
But culturally, it’s catching up:
Japan is currently in favor of legalizing homosexual marriage.
Under current rules in Japan, same-sex couples cannot inherit each other’s property, house or other assets they share, and have no parental rights over each other’s children. They often are prohibited from renting together apartments, as well as from accessing hospitals and any other service available for married couples.
More than 200 municipalities across Japan, or 12% of the total, have begun issuing non-legally binding partnership certificates to same-sex couples since Tokyo’s Shibuya district became the first to do so in 2015.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government recently accepted registrations beginning in October for couples from the sexual minority seeking certificates of their relationships.
America may be far from number one in education, but where wokeness is concerned, we’re leading the pack.
What is Japan doing so badly?
While there are many theories out there, one theory that stands out is the most recent.
Japan’s Woke Culture is being saved by the breasts https://t.co/Dtbgh7hvFy
— RelaxedMale (@relaxedmale) June 17, 2022
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