13 Same-Sex Couples in Japan File Suits over Denial of Marriages

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Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)--Thirteen same-sex couples in Japan filed damages lawsuits against the government on Thursday, claiming that the denial of their marriages violates the country's constitution, which guarantees freedom of marriage.

They sought one million yen in damages per person in the lawsuits filed with district courts in Tokyo, Sapporo, Nagoya and Osaka.

According to their lawyers, the lawsuits marked the first litigation in the country over the constitutionality of the denial of same-sex marriages.

The plaintiffs are eight male couples and five female couples in their 20s to 50s from eight prefectures.

One of the plaintiffs, Ai Nakajima, a 40-year-old resident of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, said, "I hope that the lawsuits will lead to the start of permission for same-sex marriages in Japanese history."

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