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Chinese couple will have first hearing regarding marriage January 28

Chinese couple will have first hearing regarding marriage January 28

The Chinese couple suing their local affairs bureau for refusing to issue a marriage licence will present their case on January 28.

The couples, 26 year old Sun Wenlin, and 36 year old boyfriend were told ‘only a man a woman can get married’ where they live, in Changsha, Hunan province, in central China.

Wenlin filed a lawsuit on December 16 and the case was accepted on January 6. On Thursday, he posted his summons on the predominately Chinese social network, Weibo.

In a statement, Wenlin says: ‘In my understanding, monogamous marriage does not only refer to heterosexual marriage between a man and a woman, but can also refer to marriage between two men or two women.’

This will be the first time an equal marriages bid will be heard in a Chinese court, though there have been a number of proposals in the past for ‘same sex marriage law.’

A sexologist, Li YinHe, proposed the amendment on four different occasions but failed each time.

Same sex marriage and relationships are still problematic in China. The country is predominately Christian, and the concept of ‘face’ – of appearing to be prosperous – is a powerful influence over families with gay children, where homosexuality can be considered the result of poor parenting.

Sun Wenlin says it took a long time for his family to accept him. ‘Over the years, I tried various ways to convince my parents,’ he said: Eventually, he did.

His mother supports his appeal. ‘No matter how society discriminates against my son, I will stand firmly by him.’