South Korea. The battle is not over

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Director Kim Jho Kwang-Soo and Kim Seung-Hwan (David Kim) celebrate during their wedding as the first same-sex couple to get married in South Korea at the Cheonggyecheon on September 7, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. The couple also plans to officially register their marriage after the ceremony, however South Korea does not recognize same-sex marriage or any other form of legal union for same-sex couples as of now. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Movie director Kim Jho Gwang-Soo and his long-time partner Kim Seung-Hwan, held a wedding ceremony in Seoul in 2013 and submitted their marriage registration form to their local authority, only for it to be rejected.
The couple challenged the decision in a lawsuit – but in a ruling this week a district court rejected their legal bid.

Kim Seung-Hwan said: “I would like to ask all same-sex couples to come out of the closet and join us.The legalisation will happen faster if the concerned party gets bigger’. Their lawyer Ryu Min-Hee said that in addition to the appeal, two more same-sex couples would file separate suits seekin. They said: “We will continue to add litigants. The voice will get louder from all regions.The plaintiffs have waited a long time.” When in doubt, all laws should be interpreted in a constitutional way. We’re disappointed but we’re not done yet.”


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