June 20, 2022: Osaka District Court rules Lack of Marriage Equality does not violate the Constitution (English Translation of Court’s Decision)

The Osaka District Court dismissed the claims of three same-sex couples, ruling that it is not a violation of the Japanese Constitution to disallow marriage between members of the same sex. This is a step back from the Sapporo District Court decision from last March which did rule that the Japanese government’s failure to recognize same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and violated the right to equality.

The copy of the judgement (Japanese) is available here . English translation of the judgement prepared by LLAN is available here.

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