The law regulatory authority in Japan on Wednesday (24 July) said the government’s failure to recognise same-sex marriage was a ‘serious human rights violation’. The influential Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) found current marriage law violates equality and contravenes Articles 13 and 14 of Japan’s Constitution. ‘Therefore, the state should allow same-sex marriage and promptly revise the relevant laws and regulations’ a summary of the findings said. The JFBA sent their conclusions to the Minister of Justice, the Prime Minister, the House of Representatives House Speaker and the House of Councillors.
It comes as 13 couples are suing the government to force it to recognise their relationships via the country’s courts.
Earlier this week, Japan elected first-ever openly gay male lawmaker Taiga Ishikawa to the Upper House of Japan’s bicameral legislature and he made the promise to legalise marriage for same-sex couples within his six-year-term.
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