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29 Apr 2019

Hong Kong judge rules religion should not define what marriage is

Justice Anderson Chow Ka-ming said marriage is an issue of law, not a 'social’ one.

A Hong Kong judge tasked with ruling on whether to allow civil union partnerships for LGBT couples, last week stated that religion should not define marriage. Lawyers for the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong (China), the city’s largest church, had asked the High Court for permission to join the legal debate as an interested party, arguing that it would provide a more rounded definition of marriage. 

However, the judge ultimately refused the church’s request, stating that the church’s argument was based not on law but on ‘social’ views.

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