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Japanese Court Rules That Ban on Same-Sex Marriage is Unconstitutional
May 31, 2023
On Tuesday the Nagoya District Court ruled that Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The lawyers of the plaintiffs and supporters celebrated outside the courthouse with banners and signs saying, “unconstitutional judgement, more progress towards marriage equality,” “[ban on same-sex marriage] violates Article 14" and “[ban on same-sex marriage] violates Article 24." The lawyer for the plaintiffs, Asato Yamada, later stated that the court’s ruling made it clear that the current ban on same-sex marriage violates Article 14, and that Article 24 does not specify a prohibition on same-sex marriage.
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