Hong Kong’s parliament could debate same-sex unions by the end of the year.
The city’s first openly gay lawmaker Ray Chan said Sunday (24 May) that he had proposed a motion to discuss the legalization of same-sex civil partnerships earlier this year.
‘In January this year, I submitted a motion to the Legislative Council urging the government to conclude a civil union law, and legislate to protect the rights of same-sex couples who enter a relationship,’ he wrote on Facebook.
‘The earliest it will be debated is later this year.’
This would make Hong Kong the second place in East Asia to debate same-sex unions at parliamentary level after Taiwan.
Even if passed, the motion would be not binding but it would definitely spark conversation about LGBTI rights in the city.