The High Court of Hong Kong located in Admiralty consists of the Court of Appeal and the Court of First Instance. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong court turns down first judicial challenge for same-sex marriage but urges government to review policies to avoid legal action arising from discrimination against LGBT people

  • Court of First Instance rules against a lesbian woman who complained that lack of options of marriage or civil union partnerships had violated her constitutional rights
  • The judge said the Basic Law could only refer to the marriage of a man and a woman because the constitutional document was written based on that understanding
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The High Court of Hong Kong located in Admiralty consists of the Court of Appeal and the Court of First Instance. Photo: Sam Tsang
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The High Court in Admiralty, where on Wednesday three judges agreed to reduce a sentence over same-sex discrimination. Photo: Roy Issa

Hong Kong Court of Appeals calls for immediate review of laws and policies that discriminate against same-sex relationships

  • Judges reduce jail term of sex offender who complained he received an excessive sentence for ‘consensual buggery with a minor’ because he was gay
  • Successful appeal follows landmark court ruling in May, which finally abolished or revised sexual criminal offences that punished gay men
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The High Court in Admiralty, where on Wednesday three judges agreed to reduce a sentence over same-sex discrimination. Photo: Roy Issa
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