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.”