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Top court says same-sex partners eligible for crime victims' benefit

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I’d stick with much lower than 50/1. To get more precise, even money within the next 5 years?

I'm with you. I believe Japan, both the government and the public, is quite willing and ready to accept the concept of same-sex marriage.

In principle.

However, the bureaucratic mills grind slowly, especially here in Japan. There is a metric dungton of processes to reform into being gender-agnostic. The bureaucratic default of husband and wife is deeply entrenched. Think of all the handbooks, forms, guidelines that need to be revised, printed, and distributed. And then there's the question of who becomes head of household in the kozeki ... (I didn't check, is that still the husband in a traditional heterosexual marriage by default? I wouldn't know, it could never be me for obvious reasons.)

I feel that there will be some stopgap coming up, some sort of "civil union" that runs alongside the official books, that tides the bureaucracy over until the transition is done. I may well be -- and would be happy to be -- wrong, though.

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zibala

only 16% of the population are opposed to same-sex marriages. Hang in there buddy.

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I’d say the odds on same-sex marriage being legalized in Japan in the next few years are much lower than 50/1.

No need for hysterics and over emotional responses

Really? I see it as pretty rational prediction based on how things have shifted in Japan over the past decade or so.

The direction of travel is very clear.

I’d stick with much lower than 50/1. To get more precise, even money within the next 5 years?

If you find some crazed bookie taking bets and offers you 50/1, snap the hand off.

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I’d say the odds on same-sex marriage being legalized in Japan in the next few years are much lower than 50/1.

No need for hysterics and over emotional responses.

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I’d say the odds on same-sex marriage being legalized in Japan in the next few years are much lower than 50/1.

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Same-sex partners should a) be able to marry just like everyone else, 

No, because by definition and by law marriage is between a male and female.

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A same-sex partnership is not a marriage.

A same-sex marriage is a marriage. Tens (hundreds? thousands?) of thousands of same-sex marriages around the world prove this.

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Japan is moving out of synch with itself. Effectively recognzing same-sex marriage rights but denying same-sex marriage.

It seems that way.

Legalizing same-sex marriage the most logical way to sort this out.

Get it done and focus on more difficult and chronic issues to solve.

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JeremiahToday 12:59 pm JST

A same-sex partnership is not a marriage.

Says who?

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A same-sex partnership is not a marriage.

However, a same-sex marriage is a partnership. Set theory is fun, isn't it?

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A same-sex partnership is not a marriage.

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It's a small step, but Rome wasn't built in a day.

Same-sex partners should a) be able to marry just like everyone else, and b) should be treated the same under the law.

Personal prejudice and bigotry is not a logical foundation upon which to base a counter argument, and that is fact.

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Top court says same-sex partners eligible for crime victims' benefit

Good ruling. "Same-sex partners" should be eligible for this and other benefits. I support this 100% - as long as we keep calling them "same-sex partners".

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Japan is moving out of synch with itself. Effectively recognzing same-sex marriage rights but denying same-sex marriage.

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Another reason Japan should join the rest of first world counties in reconfirming the legal status of marriage between adults. I hope it stands.

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