Activists call for gay marriage in China
March 1, 2013 0 comments
The families, in Guangzhou, in Guangdong Province, signed the letter after officials refused to register the gay family members’ marriages. A supporting statement by prominent sociologist Li Yinhe was included with the letter.
Li Yinhe has made previous calls for the recognition of gay marriage in China and has written a number of books about aspects of sexuality in the country.
Gay student Liang Wenhu told Chinese newspaper The Global Times:
“I hope they reply, even just a few. The best outcome would be to see real proposals at next week’s NPC, but in light of the limited time, I hope this action will at least draw more public attention and discussion regarding gay rights.”
A second gay student, from Beijing, added:
“I was under huge family pressure and thought ‘I’ll just marry a girl I don’t hate.’ But now, I’m fighting for my rights as I don’t want to hurt an innocent girl.”
Zhu Lieyu, a Guangzhou lawyer, said China is a conservative culture.
“Same-sex marriage is still a taboo in our traditional culture, and the social relationships of the couple and their families would need readjustment once they’re married.”
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