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UK consulate in Hong Kong bars same-sex weddings after government objection

British missions in China and numerous other countries can perform same-sex unions, but Hong Kong's will not go against government policy

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 June, 2014, 3:03am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 June, 2014, 10:36am

Same-sex marriages will be allowed at British consulates in China, Russia, Azerbaijan and 20 other countries, but not in Hong Kong, according to the local consulate.

"Unfortunately, the Hong Kong government has raised an objection to the solemnisation of same-sex marriages in Hong Kong," said a spokeswoman for the British consulate.

While diplomatic missions are under British rule and not subject to Hong Kong law, it is a requirement under British law that a marriage licence only be issued if the host government does not object.

The news from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office last week saying couples could approach consulates in some countries to be married initially drew joy from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) couples, but it was cut short when the consulate revealed the Hong Kong government's objection.

"The Chinese [central] government and the Russian government aren't objecting, yet the Hong Kong government is still saying they don't want this," said Nigel Collett, a writer who is set to marry his Singaporean partner this August in Britain.

"They're blocking every stage of the way to same-sex marriage, thinking if they give an inch it'll come to pass in Hong Kong."

While Collett's plans are not foiled by the Hong Kong government's objection, others who have been lobbying their consulates are still upset about this development.

"We are especially outraged by this … there's a very strong homophobic group lobbying for this," said Betty Grisoni, 44, co-founder of Double Happiness, a group looking to lobby for the interests of LGBT couples.

Grisoni, a public relations expert, has been trying to marry her partner of 15 years at the French consulate ever since France legalised same-sex marriages in May 2013.

"Most of our friends are here, I've been living here for 12 years, and not been living in France for over 23 years. Why can't we get married where most of our friends are? It's just not fair," Grisoni said.

Double Happiness looks to push for the right to marry in the consulates of countries where same-sex marriages and civil unions are legal, and ultimately to lobby the Hong Kong government itself to recognise LGBT unions.

Globally, there are 16 countries that recognise same-sex marriages, all with diplomatic missions in Hong Kong, but so far the Post has only been able to confirm that the Spanish consulate performs such marriages.

A representative from the Spanish consulate said it would be possible for two Spaniards, or a Spaniard and a person from another country where same-sex marriage is legal, to be married in the consulate. But if the partner came from a country with restrictions, that would have to be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

The British consulate said it had sent a note to the Hong Kong government seeking guidance.

The government's protocol department said it could not provide an answer, while the Immigration Department and Security Bureau said it was not a matter under their purview.

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johndoe
Marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Two men or two women cannot have babies. This is the law of nature. Marriage must reflect that fact. Homosexuals have a psychological problem and shall be respected in the same way as pedophiles or other non-biologically sensible behaviors.
williechow
So only people who can procreate should be allowed to marry?
skywalker
johndoe, it seems you found the ideal opportunity to initiate the mother of all sihtstorms.
rsallen
Shame on you, you poor, bigoted, fool.
johndoe
@rsallen
I have nothing to be ashamed of. I am proud to be heterosexual which is what nature intended. You should be the one to be ashamed of using cheap name calling as a debate technique without any substance whatsoever. Second, and more importantly, people who support gay "marriage" have been demoralized by propaganda that has been carefully crafted by think tanks influenced ultimately by the Frankfurt school and cultural marxism. Marriage is a critical institution in a civilized society. Therefore, to obtain political power, it is essential to destroy this institution to control the population and channel the frustration into political action. Propaganda about gay "rights" is not a grass roots movement. Organizations that claim to speak for homosexuals barely have any genuine members. Many of them are funded by wealthy and politically connected individual. Their primary objective is to demoralize society over at least one generation. It may take 15 to 20 years. The effect is very profound. By destroying and attacking the nuclear family from all angles, the politically connected gain more useful tax payers, tearing men and women apart, making them unable to fight the government and stand up for their own rights. To celebrate a so called "marriage" that has no biological function is not only a completely meaningless and empty act, it is also an insult to healthy and sound, wholesome values that are in accordance with biology and nature. Cultural marxism must be defeated.
williechow
No one is saying you should be ashamed of for being a heterosexual.
What you should be ashamed of is being so stupid.
rsallen
"carefully crafted by think tanks influenced ultimately by the Frankfurt school and cultural marxism"
An meaningless arrangement of words that mark you down as the most stupid form of conspiracy theorist. You are so far out of touch with reality that its embarrassing. Secure your tinfoil hat, retreat to your basement with your canned food and wait for the rapture, you total idiot.
sjfore
Troll. What else can you be at this point in history?
ohyeahar
What’s the concern of the HK gov against gay marriage anyway? They can’t claim religious reasons because the HK population is mostly atheist. Do they think that if gay marriage is legalized, then it encourages homosexuality and society will collapse? It’s not like a heterosexual man would think to himself “Wow, gays are allowed to get married now? Maybe I should try batting for the other team.”
johndoe
@ohyearhar
Because marriage has many legal implications which are deep and profoundly affect social and demographic structure in a society. Do not be so naive as to assume that marriage has nothing to do with governance. It is essential to stand on principle. Heterosexuals must reassert their sole right to the institution of marriage. Marriage is not an open institution. Marriage is not an invitation to do whatever one wants and thinks. To say that this has to do with tolerance is absurd. If the institution of marriage is destroyed to mean any form of voluntary association, it is a direct attack on heterosexual life styles and values, which can not be accepted. Homosexuals can not pretend that they can do what they want without any consequences whatsoever. For every action, there is a corresponding reaction. Proponents of gay marriage and so called "equal rights" never appear to hesitate to use laws to enforce their great ideas on others, which is a clear tell tale sign that gay "marriage" is nothing more than a cruel hoax that pits homosexuals against heterosexuals for political gains. It is an artificially provoked cultural class war, engineered and promoted through propaganda by political actors through think tanks and media outlets. Homosexuals have nothing to gain from gay "marriage". They should seek psychological help with their issues. In fact, the statistics of gay "marriages" are catastrophic. Nearly all gay "marriages" have ended in divorce after 5 years.

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