China hints it may open the door to same-sex marriage


Chinas top legislative body has been advised to legalize same-sex marriage in the updated civil code, Global Times reported on Friday.

The Commission for Legislative Affairs of the National Peoples Congress Standing Committee has received more than 237,000 online suggestions and 5,600 letters requesting to clarify the scope of close relatives, improving the common debt of spouses and legalizing same-sex marriage, according to the report, which cited Yue Zhongming, spokesman of the commission.

The report didnt specify if the legislature will include the legalization of same-sex marriage in the civil code. The NPC will review the draft of the new civil code in March 2020, according to its website.

Several government-related Weibo accounts, including those of two district news offices in Shanghai and a court in Chengdu, have posted online polls on Friday seeking public feedback on same-sex marriage.

Zhijun Hu, executive director of PFLAG China, a group supporting LGBT people, said he was very happy about the move toward marriage equality. Im confident that this will bring change, he said, referring to the news Friday.

Still, Hu said he doesnt expect same-sex marriage in China to happen any time soon. Im not sure if Chinese society is ready now, he said, adding that it could take as long as 15 years. People need time to know these issues and know LGBT people, he said.

Although China decriminalized homosexuality in 1997 and removed it from an official list of mental disorders in 2001, gay, lesbian, and transsexual individuals still live in a gray area. Theres no law against being LGBT, but no rules protect against discrimination, and China doesnt recognize gay marriage.

Source: https://www.bloomberg.com

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