The father of a gay man has written to 1,000 Chinese lawmakers calling for the legalization of gay marriage.
Lin Xianzhi, 61, said he hoped that his proposal would help secure equal rights for gay couples, including medical care, inheritance and property.
His son, Xiaotao, came out as gay in 2011 and has been with his partner for three years.
'There are no differences between them and a heterosexual husband and wife,' Lin said. 'But my child can't get married, that's not fair.'