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Top Hong Kong court rules same-sex unions should be recognized

Court judgment a rare win for LGBTQ rights in Chinese territory

Journalists pore over a judgment by Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal on overseas same-sex marriages.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's top court on Tuesday urged the government to set a legal framework for same-sex unions while also granting a landmark appeal by LGBTQ activist Jimmy Sham to recognize such partnerships formed overseas.

In a rare victory for the Chinese territory's LGBTQ community, the Court of Final Appeal ruled that the government failed to provide a way of recognizing same-sex partnerships and had violated those couples' constitutional right to privacy.

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