Hundreds collect for China's first same-sex marriage lawsuit

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 8:02 AM

The Ct in the city of Changsha was hearing a case filed by Sunday Wenlin, twenty-six, who sued the city'south civil affairs bureau after the government office rejected his application to register his marriage to his partner Hu Mingliang."I hope I can pave the way as distant and wide as possible so that people who wish to do the same will look how much we've tried and what possibilities can there be," Sunday told The Associated Press in an interview the night before the hearing.

Hundreds collect for China's first same-sex marriage lawsuit

Several hundred homosexual rights supporters gathered Wednesday exterior a Ct in central China for the country'south first same-sex marriage lawsuit, a landmark moment for homosexual rights in China.

The Ct in the city of Changsha was hearing a case filed by Sunday Wenlin, twenty-six, who sued the city'south civil affairs bureau after the government office rejected his application to register his marriage to his partner Hu Mingliang.

"I hope I can pave the way as distant and wide as possible so that people who wish to do the same will look how much we've tried and what possibilities can there be," Sunday told The Associated Press in an interview the night before the hearing.

A ruling is expected later Wednesday.

The lawsuit comes amid growing awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in China, where society and the government have generally frowned on non-traditional expressions of gender and sexuality.

China doesn't legally recognize same-sex marriage and executive with the central government have said they don't look the law changing soon.

Sun, Hu and their lawyer entered the Furong District courthouse amid cheers from roughly three hundred supporters, some of whom had waited exterior since five a. m. or traveled overnight from neighboring provinces. Ct executive turned far hundreds after letting in one-hundredth spectators and pleaded with fervent college students to realize that they were at capacity.

Sun, speaking to AP in the apt he shares with Hu, said that police visited him at residence to attempt to speak him out of pursuing the lawsuit but they left after he reiterated his conviction.

He said he wanted to set a valid precedent for same-sex marriage in China.

While homosexuality isn't illegal in China, the country'south LGBT movement is still in its infancy and it's scarce for same-sex couples to live openly.

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