(Asahi: July 8, 2015 – p. 35)
A group of sexual minorities filed a petition with the Japan Federation of Bar Association to seek support for their human rights on July 7, highlighting Japan’s first move to call for the legalization of same-sex marriage on a large scale.
The petition was submitted by 455 homosexual and bisexual individuals living in 42 prefectures and abroad. They include teenagers and those in their 60s. They argue that not acknowledging same-sex marriage is a violation of legal equality guaranteed by the Constitution and demand the JFBA propose to the government and the Diet the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The attorneys expect the petition to lead to Japan’s first lawsuit demanding the legalization of same-sex marriage.
In the Diet, a bipartisan parliamentary league has been set up to eradicate discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, with an eye on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. But discussions on same-sex marriage have yet to take off. (Abridged)