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Japan Court Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage, Kyodo Says

  • Ruling contradicts another court’s backing for equal marriage
  • Osaka case is latest of several cases pending across Japan

A Japanese court ruled the country’s lack of recognition for same-sex marriage doesn’t violate the constitution, Kyodo reported, contradicting the findings of another court in a similar case last year.

The Osaka District Court dismissed claims by three couples who were seeking damages from the central government. By contrast, the Sapporo District Court in March 2021 became the first to back LGBTQ couples’ right to marry. A series of such cases are pending in several other courts across the country.