Japanese court doesn’t ban same-sex marriage unconstitutional in LGBTQ rights setback

TOKYO: An Osaka the court ruled on Monday JapanSame-sex marriage ban wasn’t ‘unconstitutional’ and dealt a blow to LGBTQ rights activists in the only Group of seven country where same-sex marriages are prohibited.
Three same-sex couples had filed the case in the Osaka District Court, only the second to be heard on the matter in Japan. In addition to rejecting their claim that the ban violates the Japanese constitution, the court rejected their claim for damages of 1 million yen ($7,414).
The ruling shatters activists’ hopes to put pressure on the Japanese government to address the issue after a court in Sapporo ruled in favor of a March 2021 claim that not allowing same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Japan’s constitution defines marriage as based on “the mutual consent of both sexes,” but rising public support in polls for same-sex marriage, and the introduction of same-sex partnership rights in Tokyo’s capital last week, raised hopes of activists and lawyers in the Osaka case.