TOKYO, JP — (12-07-21) — Japan announced on today they will create a system that will recognize same-sex marriage in the next fiscal year.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said Tuesday the city’s government will introduce a “same-sex partnership,” after its local assembly unanimously called for an initial move on the matter.

A local court in Sapporo ruled earlier this year that it was “unconstitutional” for same-sex couples not to be allowed to marry.

The court’s ruling was the launching pad for LGBTQ activists to pursue the legality of same-sex marriage in Japan and to make it law.

LGBTQ couples still face disadvantages in Japan in the areas or taxation and partnership agreements.

Local wards and municipalities in the city have started to introduce similar “same-sex partnership” plans that will recognize same-sex couples.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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