Hong Kong, China, Oct 18, 2019 / 11:54 am
A court in Hong Kong has ruled against the recognition of same-sex partnerships, upholding the government's policy of not recognizing same-sex marriage or civil unions.
The court's review stemmed from a petition that a Hong Kong woman filed in June 2018, asking to enter into a legally recognized civil union with her female partner.
Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal had ruled in July 2018 that foreign same-sex couples who have been married elsewhere are entitled to to spousal visas.
According to the New York Times, Judge Anderson Chow Ka-ming wrote Friday that "updating" the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples would lead to "far-reaching consequences" that the court was not prepared to accept.