Hong Kong court denies multinationals’ bid to support LGBT+ expat in “QT” case

Hong Kong’s top court has denied a petition made by 30 multinational banks and law firm and Amnesty International to support the legal case a lesbian couple is waging for a spousal visa.

QT, as the plaintiff is known, followed her same-sex partner to Hong Kong, but was denied a spoudsal visa due to Hong Kong Immigration Department policies, despite the couple’s British civil union. (The visa is currently only granted to heterosexual married couples). The case has now progressed to Hong Kong’s highest court, where it will be decided on June 5th.

Multinational banks and law firms have a vested interest in the outcome of the case, as it will impact their ability to hire and support LGBT+ staff. They petitioned the government to participate in the hearing to present “a more rounded picture” of the case; however, the judges found that the arguments presented by the businesses were already covered by QT’s lawyers.

The organizations supporting QT include Out Leadership members Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Royal Bank of Canada, Macquarie Group, Nomura International (Hong Kong), Allen and Overy LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP; and Ropes and Gray LLP, Hogan Lovells, Clifford Chance.

Read more at South China Morning Post