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Japan court delivers blow to same-sex marriage advocates

Osaka District Court rules it is 'constitutional' not to recognize same-sex unions

Plaintiffs in Osaka hold up a banner saying, "To the Osaka high court!" after a court ruling on Monday on same-sex marriage. (Photo by Toshiki Sasazu) 

TOKYO -- Osaka District Court on Monday ruled that it is "constitutional" for Japan not to allow same-sex unions, in a setback for LGBT+ rights advocates in the only Group of Seven nation that does not recognize marriage equality.

The ruling was Japan's second on marriage equality after a landmark judgment by the Sapporo District Court last year that found the country's failure to recognize same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, saying it violated Article 14 of the top law that states "all the people are equal under the law."

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