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Now Cuba is showing the way on same-sex marriage: will Hong Kong finally catch up with the world?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 July, 2018, 2:00pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 July, 2018, 2:00pm

In taking their case to the Court of Final Appeal, Angus Leung Chun-kwong and his partner Scott Adams present Hong Kong with an opportunity for our city to show the world we are an inclusive city where stereotypical prejudices are not tolerated (“Gay civil servant will take case to Hong Kong’s top court in final bid to win spousal benefits for husband” July 26).

Cuba has recently taken steps to legalise same-sex marriage by redefining its constitution to amend outmoded wording, from marriage being defined as “the voluntary established union between a man and a woman” to “a consensual union between two people”. Gender will thus be eliminated from the definition.

What prevents Hong Kong from doing the same? Homero Acosta, secretary of the Cuban Council of State, said that the lawmakers studied international laws to have a better understanding of human rights and to prevent any form of discrimination.

Failure to safeguard LGBT rights shames Hong Kong’s equal society

According to media reports, Acosta said: “The state has to educate our people on the principles of equality, and support for the most disadvantaged, the elderly, and people with disabilities. It is a principle of [the] social justice and humanism of our system.”

Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal must set aside personal convictions and uphold the same standards as the rest of the international community. Failure to do so will set a precedent for Hong Kong continuing to be a city where discrimination prevails.

Mark Peaker, The Peak