Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, this week said the government was no closer to legalizing same-sex marriage.
The leader said the issue was still ‘controversial’ at a conference on Wednesday, according to Hong Kong Free Press.
But, Lam admitted, a recent court ruling in favor of LGBTI rights ‘does help’ attracting foreign talent.
Hong Kong’s highest court last year forced the immigration department to recognize overseas same-sex marriages when granting spousal visas.
Ray Chan, Hong Kong’s only openly-gay lawmaker, accused lam of ‘hypocrisy and double standard’.
‘In front of mostly foreign press and audience, she admitted that the ruling helps Hong Kong recruit international talent’ he said.
But, he told Gay Star News: ‘Despite her spin to make her look inclusive and business friendly to the international business community, she remains a staunch opponent to promoting LGBT equality in Hong Kong.’
Lam spent taxpayers’ money to take the immigration case to Hong Kong’s highest court, Chan said.
LGBTI rights in Hong Kong
Same-sex marriage is not legal in Hong Kong. What’s more, there is currently no legislation to protect citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
But, last week, two gay men won the right to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage.
A 21-year-old University Hong Kong student, known as TF, and a 31-year-old activist, known as STK, are leading the challenges.
In July last year, however, Hong Kong’s LGBTI had a reason to celebrate.
The Court of Final Appeal ruled the immigration department must recognize overseas same-sex marriages when issuing spousal visas.