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The love story behind Hong Kong’s High Court bid for LGBTI equality

The love story behind Hong Kong’s High Court bid for LGBTI equality

Angus Leung and Scott Adams are taking the Hong Kong government to the High Court.

Immigration officer Leung, who married Adams in New Zealand five years ago, is suing the government for refusing to recognize his marriage and grant Scott benefits such as medical insurance.

‘Our appeal is nothing out of the ordinary’ said Leung. ‘We are fighting for a very basic right to form a family’.

The pair divulged their love story and why they were fighting this case in a video to mark their appointment as Pink Dot HK ambassadors.

Pink Dot HK is one of the city’s largest LGBTI festivals. Last year thousands donned pink to push for LGBTI equality. The fifth annual event will take place on 21 October.

Life as a ‘team’

The pair explained how they met in 2005 and became romantically involved in 2012.

Adams said it was Leung’s face, charm, smile, and eyes that struck him when he first saw his future husband.

Leung explained how he proposed one morning in bed ‘without flowers, without rings’.

‘We live life together as a whole, as a team’ said Leung.

The relationship ‘gives me a lot of confidence to take on those world problems, not by yourself but together’ said Adams.

‘Equal treatment’

Leung initially filed his case for judicial review in 2015. He alleged violations of the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Bill of Rights and the Sexual Discrimination Ordinance by his employers and the tax department.

Earlier this month, a Hong Kong judge allowed Leung to take the government to the Court of Final Appeal for refusing to grant his partner spousal benefits.

Judge Jeremy Poon Siu-chor of the Court of Appeal said the case should go to the top court as it raised questions of public importance. The Court of Final Appeal will decide which aspects of the case to accept. The top court will rule on whether legal and societal circumstances should be considered in the case.

‘We only strive for equal treatment’ said Leung of their bid for recognition.

“I think it is important to make change,’ said Adams. ‘The government is slow to respond and it needs a push every now and then’.

The Court of Final Appeal in July ruled Hong Kong’s immigration department must recognize same-sex unions in spousal visa applications.

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