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Tokyo's largest district OKs same-sex partner certificates

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Stop this now. Irresponsible politicians...

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Applicants must sign a written oath stating their intentions as part of the application process.

Why? If the document is not legally binding why is this necessary? This should not be a part of the process!

Wow! whats next? if someone wanted to marry their pet then I guess it might become legal too? Whats wrong with the human race?

It's thinking like this ......(naw, dont want the post removed) ....pray tell in your wisdom here how you came to this conclusion? Are you interfering that LGBT people have no rights?

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The wards’ certificates will carry only symbolic significance, since the Japanese constitution identifies marriage as a union based on mutual consent of the parties from “both sexes.”

Huh so its legal but its not official, typical Japanese thinking.

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Tail wagging the dog: other municipalities will follow across the archipelago, as this is a rare and low-cost, easy win for politicians. Abe or his successor will jump on the bandwagon, too, as it's a rare, low-cost easy win for him as well.

And why not?

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Individual rights for all regardless of sexual orientation.

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How about if one partner is a gaijin and the other a naijin?

Will a foreigner be able to get a spouse visa with this?

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Huh so its legal but its not official, typical Japanese thinking.

It is, but it's also the Japanese way to do it. It's almost like grassroots thinking. If enough municipalities implement these certificates, it makes it much easier for the government to then do it on a nation-wide scale. It's a sort of back-room wrangling.

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"Tokyo’s largest district has said it will start issuing “partnership” certificates to same-sex couples."

So it's like when you used to get those letters in the post that said, "You're a Winner!" and inside there was a check for a million dollars, but written all over the check in big bold letters: DO NOT CASH! VOID! NOT A REAL CHECK!

If anyone actually tries use this "certificate" for real benefits, someone at the city office will probably say, sorry, we can't honor this and show the VOID watermark.

Give them real rights, not things to pin on their fridge with a magnet.

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We need to be patient and grateful for one small step at a time. Many places that have true marriage equality today began with just such low-key measures as this. It can lay the groundwork for real equality under the law in the future.

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How about if one partner is a gaijin and the other a naijin?

Will a foreigner be able to get a spouse visa with this?

Probably not, as this is on a municipal level, and visas are on a national level.

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and,if they ever bear a child,will he/she be registered in their family registry?if that would ever happen

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Huh? How could a homosexual couple bear a child?

I believe they should have the right to get married, but if they can bear children that would be truly astounding. I would love to understand the science of that.

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"Tokyo's largest district"?

No it isn't. Okutama is Tokyo's largest district, and I don't expect the elderly hicks out there to support same-sex marriage. LOL.

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Huh? How could a homosexual couple bear a child?

I would love to understand the science of that.

Well, there is this thing called a womb, and almost all women have one. Some women love other women. These women can get pregnant.

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Huh? How could a homosexual couple bear a child? I would love to understand the science of tha'

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Artificial insemination?

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Japan do have adoption custom before science created AI to create babies/

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What does partnership certificate actually do? Is it something similar to world peace city declaration every Japanese local cities made?

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This is just local. recognition, These offices do not have immigration office that belong io Japanese Govt.

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Good news.

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What does partnership certificate actually do?

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Since it is just local, no japanese tax deduction. Just satisfy their personal feelings. BTW there were three laws since 1946. One dancing law was repealed this year, Two are still law. Gay or no gay, kissing and hugging in public are still illegal in Japan. Some time ago this year US secretary Kelly tried to hug one Japan minister who backed and almost fell on him. Gay or none gay watch out in JPn. Cops who hate gays may use old laws

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Gay or no gay, kissing and hugging in public are still illegal in Japan.

Are you serious? That's the law, police could make a lawful arrest even for straights?

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@Wc626: Yes. Only dance law was repealed this year. Some powerful persons only could repeal but they are dead now. Examle, it was illegal for foster parents visit their foster children until eldest daughter of Iwasaki (Mitsubishi owner) left message to her one of raised mixed children that Red Devli and Green devil did not let me see but i came to see you and some guards submitted to Ministry of Justice. She was only person in Japan collected mixed babies deserted on streets in Tokyo and Minister received letter, visited her, apologied and changed the law. Thereafter foster parents can visit and reduced mixed children orphans in Tokyo.

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This is only fair, and is what is starting to happen elsewhere, but why is it not being authorised at central government level? Why leave to to local government authorities not all of whom may want to approve same sex partnership legalisation?

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Tony some people have to propose Why don;t you propose?

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