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Tokyo to recognize same-sex partnership: Koike

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Fantastic news.

Welcome to the 21st Century Japan!

4 ( +33 / -29 )

Cool. Light, love, and life. The bonus being we don’t need any more babies!

-16 ( +19 / -35 )

Japan just tries to follow the US. Doesn't matter if it's something that makes sense or not.

It sounds like you're living in the 19th century. I am not gay but I support the rights, including marriage, for the LGBT community.

12 ( +37 / -25 )

It’s still nearly 18 months before any decision will be made. There will be an election before then, hence the announcement. It should be noted that it only mentions ‘partnerships’. It doesn’t say anything about marriage. Japan has always been twenty years behind the rest of the world.

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@Lindsay

Good point, but I don't think the proposal is going to be met with as much pushback as in many western countries. As hostile as some "conservative" politicians here have been to the LGBT+ community, the issue doesn't seem all too controversial. Next steps should be full marriage equality including adoption, but with the speed at which Japan's government bodies move, this unfortunately won't happen soon.

-1 ( +12 / -13 )

@Lindsay

That's good news.

I hope it's true.

-16 ( +4 / -20 )

It is morally wrong to discriminate against people based on how they were born.

Non-heterosexual couples need the same rights that married heterosexual couples have (spouse visa, hospital visitation, paternity/maternity leave etc.)

16 ( +30 / -14 )

Koike still wants that PM position, and she will check herself into as many hospitals as possible to avoid any blemishes that will stop her dream! Hide-and-seek!

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Japan just tries to follow the US. Doesn't matter if it's something that makes sense or not.

"It sounds like you're living in the 19th century. I am not gay but I support the rights, including marriage, for the LGBT community"

Ok? What do you want? A candy?

No. What does gay marriage have to do with the U. S.? Other countries recognize gay marriage. IMO gay marriages are not senseless. Why is their personal decision to get married an issue? Your reaction is similar to how people felt about interracial marriage during the 50's and 60's.

19 ( +29 / -10 )

Each to their own as long as they hurt no-one else! Enjoy and have fun.

11 ( +18 / -7 )

A couple of days after Chile legalized same-sex marriage.

A step in the right direction.

1 ( +14 / -13 )

Current and past governments have already repeatedly said that gay marriage would create “confusion” among the population. The usual excuse for when they don’t want to do something, equivalent to the “misunderstanding” for when they do something people clearly are opposed to.

Love is love. Can never understand why people would want to deny others with rights that do no in any way impact their own rights (no, being homophobic and/ or racist is not a right).

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@louisferdinandc

Current and past governments have already repeatedly said that gay marriage would create “confusion” among the population. 

Great news. Hope it stays that way.

-18 ( +6 / -24 )

The constitution of Japan unequivocally stipulates that marriage must be between two sexes. If you want to legalize same-sex marriage you have to change the constitution. The Sapporo court’s “landmark ruling’ that found a failure to recognize same-sex marriage unconditional just defies logic.

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Japan is the only nation of the Group of Seven countries that does not recognize same-sex unions, and its constitution stipulates that "marriage shall be only with the mutual consent of both sexes".

If that is the case, Koike should be stopped. It does not matter what people think about the issue itself; I do not want to live in a world where Koike can override the constitution. It should be non-issue.

-3 ( +11 / -14 )

Abuse of power to override the constitution indeed.

-2 ( +13 / -15 )

Rainbow is the sign of gay pride please stop using rainbow

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

one step in the right direction! better to be late than never...

-2 ( +10 / -12 )

While its a "finally" kind of move by Tokyo, it's sadly not going to change how the government/constitution/supreme court acts regarding marriage here.

If the SP still says that there MUST be a name change when marriages occur between a man and a woman, it's going to be generations before same se marriages actually get a "hearing" about equality and rights!

For all the good things there are about Japan, it's REALLY arsebackwards in many too!

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Johansawada

one step in the right direction! better to be late than never...

Please explain how violating the constitution is "a step in the right direction". Thank you!

-5 ( +12 / -17 )

Adults making a personal choice, to try to fit into what is for them an exclusive legal frame work? And people are opposed to that? Yet sit at home enjoying transgender idols on TV? The mental gymnastics that must involve give me a headache.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

It’s so funny seeing all the triggered people who are against this…. “I hope it stays the same!” Why? How does this effect your life in anyway shape or form.

let people be happy, let people love whoever they want. People who complain about this kind of topic must be so miserable for not wanting people to be happy.

im so glad things might change here in japan.

6 ( +15 / -9 )

BFPF1159

It’s so funny seeing all the triggered people who are against this…. “I hope it stays the same!”

Did anybody say "I hope it stays the same" or sound triggered? Where?

-13 ( +4 / -17 )

Article 24 was written with the intent of prohibiting forced marriage and the subordination of a wife's rights to her husband, effectively rendering her as property of the husband. It was not written with the intent of being an "anti-same sex marriage" provision, an idea which probably was not even considered at the time.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Great news

2 ( +9 / -7 )

Let’s just remember that the constitution says “Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes” because Japanese women often didn’t have a say before the new constitution (without even talking about their age…), hence the importance of establishing by law the need for the consent of both sexes. It had nothing to do with gender or sexual orientation, and as such the Sapporo ruling and the local recognition by many cities don’t push towards a violation of the spirit of the constitution at all, rather towards the respect of most essential articles.

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the couple in the picture broke up by 2017, so I wonder how they feel about their picture still being used.

-8 ( +7 / -15 )

@Blacklable… “the couple in the picture broke up by 2017, so I wonder how they feel about their picture still being used.” - perhaps nostalgic and proud. I guess.

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

This is a empathy trigger that can not be sustain. Yes it works all around the world. But Japan is unique. It is the only country that as never be invaded by a ground force and It still keeps it Constitution Monarchy. People with tattoo are bar from Onsen and no Onsen owner have never being told to obey the constitution. I am not against people choice of Partner male or female. You have to ask yourself is it worth the draw out cruelty to put this group of Japanese citizens through generations of no expectancy. I for one am against miss leading people and saying you can get married but on the other side of marriage their demand to Parent children will not be excepted. Will the family law courts allow Japanese male citizen give up their constitution rights. Ask this. Will Japan government allow Japanese males to donate sperm to gay couples. No that will never happen because of the Japan unique family court laws. Adopt from overseas ?? Will the Japanese Government grant citizenship to the foreign child of Gay Parents. It might after decades of court trials. This is miss place empathy and should not be encourage unless all of the above points are overlook by the Japanese society and Government. It would be easier to abolish the Japanese Monarchy than to accommodate gay marriage in Japan.

-16 ( +3 / -19 )

Japan has historically had a relaxed attitude towards sexuality. This is just another step forward within that tradition. In my country we’ve had same-sex partnerships and marriage for quite some time now. The sky has not fallen, the world still turns. Well done, Governor Koike.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

GOOD, now we can put this matter behind us and move on to more relevant issues.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

Good news. And I'm glad it upsets zealots whose sense of morality is still set to 1950.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

A step in the right direction. It really shouldn't bother anyone, as it does not impact you one iota.

Still... looking at the +/- voting here (who cares, really), bigots gonna bigot.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Fantastic news. 

Welcome to the 21st Century Japan!

I logged just to applaud this comment!

lol it’s obvious we both live in Tokyo.

Not only does Japan needs smarter policies makers, but would you please “import” education.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

imagine getting all frothy at the mouth because you don't agree that 2 people love each other.....what do you care? What's it to you? If 2 people love each other, that's fine by me.....well done Tokyo, well done Koike. For us who aren't gay it will have zero effect on our lives, but for those that are....well done again.

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I'm happy for those affected one thing I can see being brought up considering how much its affecting the rest of the world if flagging birthrates and unlike western nations I'm not sure how strict or what rules will apply to potential same sex couple in regards to adoption or artificial means of having children in Japan. This I think is what most of the politicians will worry about more then any moral issues they might attempt to bring up. Like I said I'm happy for them but there going to have to fight there elected officials on the issue and if there courts are as slow to move as western ones that may be decades.

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