Tokyo will recognize homosexual relations from 2022. A decision announced by the governor of the Japanese capital, Yuriko Koike. “In response to the wishes of Tokyo residents and those affected by this issue, we will develop a basic principle for recognize same-sex unions this fiscal year, “ending in 2023.
Japan will recognize the right to gay marriage
Precisely Japan, is the only country what makes up the G7 what yet has not approved the union between people of the same sex. In fact, the current rule warns that “marriage must occur only with the sole consent of both sexes.”
However, activists have been demanding for years a change in the measure to legalize same-sex marriage at the national level. Something that will happen from next year.
In 2020, several homosexual couples filed a complaint in which they questioned the constitutionality of not recognizing the link between people of the same sex. After that, a court in Sapporo, in northern Japan, agreed with them and declared the measure unconstitutional.
At the time, Judge Tomoko Takebe confirmed that prevent marriage between people of the same sex supposes a “discriminatory treatment” and it goes against article 14 of the constitution, which guarantees equality before the law.
Chile approves the homosexual union
Tokyo’s announcement comes a day after the Congress of Chile gives the green light to marriage between people of the same sex, in a historic approval which had wide support.
It was in the first place in the Senate where it was approved with 21 votes in favor, 8 votes against and three abstentions. Later, a few hours later, Congress definitively supported the measure by an overwhelming majority, which obtained 82 votes in favor, another 20 against, and two abstentions.