Hong Kong man asks for his same-sex marriage to be recognized

Leung Chun-kwong, a senior immigration officer in Hong Kong, has claimed the government unlawfully discriminated against him by refusing to recognize his New Zealand-performed marriage to another man.

The Civil Service Bureau and tax authority in Hong Kong have both refused to recognize his marriage to Scott Paul Adams, another resident of Hong Kong.  Regulations define marriage as “the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman,” and as such his union fell outside the definition.

Leung claims that the government’s refusal to recognize his same-sex marriage is against the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and unlawfully discriminates against him based on his sexual orientation.  His claim states, “at its heart, this matter concerns protection for the dignity of a historically oppressed class in our society – homosexual persons, a substantial portion of our society. Allowing discriminatory treatment against such a minority undermines the law.”

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