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Excerpts: how Japan court ruled barring same-sex marriage unconstitutional

Sapporo District Court says it violates right to equality under Article 14

Lawyers and supporters hold a banner that reads 'Unconstitutional decision' outside a district court in Sapporo, Japan on March 17.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- A Japanese district court ruled on Wednesday that the government's failure to allow same-sex marriages is unconstitutional -- the first such ruling in the country where the constitution defines marriage as based on "mutual consent of both sexes."

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