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International: Osaka court rules Japan's ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional

1:00 pm on 22 June 2022

By Emilia Sullivan 

A district court in Osaka has found that Japan's ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution.

The ruling was a significant setback to gay couples and activists after another district court in 2021 ruled that the failure to recognise same-sex marriage was, in fact, "unconstitutional".

Japan's constitution currently defines marriage as being between "both sexes."

Japan is the only country in the G7 group of developed nations that doesn't allow people of the same sex to get married.

Despite this ruling, several areas, including Tokyo, have begun issuing partnership certificates to help same-sex couples rent properties and gain hospital visitation rights.

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