Ten lawyers in China petitioned the communist government's National People's Congress (NPC) yesterday to legalize same-sex marriage.
'The most effective way to eliminate discrimination against homosexuality is to acknowledge same-sex couples' rights to marriage,' said Huang Yizhi, one of the lawyers behind the campaign, South China Morning Post reports.
The lawyers from Beijing, Shenzhen and other cities across the country signed a joint letter advising the government to legalize same-sex marriage to give equal rights to LGBT people.
'China, as a country that is gradually opening up, should work to respect the rights of the sexual minority,' said Peng Kun, another lawyer who signed the letter.
'It is important for us to create more noise... to give legislators and the government something to think about.'
Several couples in China have held public wedding ceremonies, but they are not legally binding, yet.