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China's LGBT couples 'wed' online as gay marriage push stalls

Jun 29, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Despite a shake-up of China's marriage law last month - and a groundswell of support for same-sex unions in the socially conservative country - demands to make gay marriage legal have not been met.

The two men joined thousands of other couples announcing their "Wedding" through an app where same-sex couples are given an unrecognised marriage certificate to share with friends, colleagues, and the public.

The failure to recognise same-sex marriage was a "Body blow", activist Peng Yanhui told AFP. China decriminalised homosexuality in 1997, and officially removed it from its list of mental illnesses in 2001.

Officials told reporters last year they received more than 237,000 online suggestions and 5,600 letters suggesting the new code included same-sex marriage or changed the "Definition of close relatives".

GAY, WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS. Same-sex marriage could also solve challenges around owning property, as in Chinese law only married couples can have two names on a housing deed.