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8 May 2019

Hong Kong’s government struggles in court trying to justify anti-LGBT discriminatory treatment

The Government’s lawyers asked to explain how a gay man visiting the dentist might threaten the tradition of marriage.

Lawyers representing the Hong Kong government in a high-profile LGBT rights court case appeared to flounder in the final phase of the legal battle yesterday (7 May). Immigration officer Angus Leung, who married his husband in New Zealand five years ago, sued the government in 2015. The government had refused to recognise his marital status and grant his husband benefits such as medical insurance. Hong Kong’s top court is now conducting the final hearings in the case and is expected rule in the next few months. Lawyers representing Leung have argued same-sex marriage is no different from any other marriage. However, government lawyers argue that Hong Kong only recognise marriage between a man and a woman, and that granting same-sex spousal benefits would undermine the ‘special status’ of marriage in Hong Kong. Leung’s lawyer, Karon Monaghan QC, pushed the government to explain: ‘It has to be justified. It’s not enough to say marriage is special and unique’. Justice Roberto Ribeiro, one of the presiding judges, also asked: ‘Why are you saying that it was undermining the tradition of marriage…because a gay person is now allowed to see a dentist’. Monaghan maintained the government had failed to form a ‘rational connection’ between marriage as ‘special and unique’ and granting Leung his rights.
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Lawyers representing the Hong Kong government in a high-profile LGBT rights court case appeared to flounder in the final phase of the legal battle yesterday (7 May). Immigration officer Angus Leung, who married his husband in New Zealand five years ago, sued the government in 2015.The government had refused to recognise his marital status and grant his husband benefits such as medical insurance. Hong Kong’s top court is now conducting the final hearings in the case and is expected rule in the next few months. Lawyers representing Leung have argued same-sex marriage is no different from any other marriage. However, government lawyers argue that Hong Kong only recognise marriage between a man and a woman, and that granting same-sex spousal benefits would undermine the ‘special status’ of marriage in Hong Kong. Leung’s lawyer, Karon Monaghan QC, pushed the government to explain: ‘It has to be justified. It’s not enough to say marriage is special and unique’. Justice Roberto Ribeiro, one of the presiding judges, also asked: ‘Why are you saying that it was undermining the tradition of marriage…because a gay person is now allowed to see a dentist’. Monaghan maintained the government had failed to form a ‘rational connection’ between marriage as ‘special and unique’ and granting Leung his rights.

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1. 2019-05-09 00:09  
i met " tradition marriage couple", man and woman having some children
they said that their tradition marriage is not something that make them happy or proud
- they said that traditional marriage between man and women is not always valuable
- they said that tradition of marriage is not always something that should be legalized or be agreed
- even they do not like some traditional marriage couple
- The husband said, that he will leave his wife and his children one day

in reality, there are so many tradition had been left
you can write down 10000 things of tradition that already left.
do you forget it? or blind or lost consciousness?

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