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South Korea rights body claims it does not ‘deny’ same-sex marriage

South Korea rights body claims it does not ‘deny’ same-sex marriage

Conservative Christians protest outside the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (Photo: Raphael Rashid / Twitter)

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Wednesday (27 February) claimed it did not ‘deny’ the rights of a same-sex couple to marry.

But, it also rejected a petition filed by a British and South Korean gay couple who got married overseas and asked for their marriage to be recognized.

The commission said they would need to review policies and social consensus before permitting same-sex marriage, according to the Korea Herald.

A rejection of a petition is different from a dismissal, the newspaper reports.

It means the petition did not fall under the ‘scope of the matters subject to the investigation’.
Homosexuality is legal in South Korea. But, conservative attitudes, especially among Christians, force many LGBTI Koreans to live in the closet.

What’s more, there is currently no discrimination legislation to protect LGBTI Koreans. Same-sex marriage is also not legal.

South Korea’s fledging LGBTI movement has triggered a conservative backlash, rights groups recently warned.

Recently, anti-LGBTI campaigners shaved their heads in protest outside the commission’s headquarters.

Pride under attack

Organizers of the largest LGBTI pride event in South Korea urged the government not to give in to conservative groups and protect attendees.

Pride events in Korea are increasingly under attack from conservative Christians. The groups pressure authorities to deny permission and violently disrupt activities.

‘The government should drop its attitude of walking on eggshells around haters and instead show its willingness to guarantee universal rights for the socially marginalized, including sexual minorities’ said organizer Kang Myung-jin.

Conservative Christian groups have launched significant attacks against LGBTI pride events in 2018.

More than 200,000 people signed a petition demanding the government acts to prevent the Seoul Queer Festival from taking place.

‘We do not want to see their abominable events in a square’ the petition read.

Christian protesters, meanwhile, disrupted LGBTI events across the country. Anti-LGBTI protestors also blocked a pride festival in Incheon.

In Busan, thousands of police protected pride attendees.

See also

Pride organizers in South Korea urge police to protect their rights

South Koreans opposing gay rights are less than 50% for the first time

South Korea slipping on LGBTI rights, activists warn