PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images Much to the disappointment of LGBTQ+ activists amid Pride Month, a Japanese court ruled this week that Japan’s same-sex marriage ban didn’t violate its constitution.
Judge Doi Fumi of the Osaka District Court determined on Monday that Article 24 of Japan’s Constitution didn’t confer protections on gay marriage. The plaintiffs were three same-sex couples, two male and one female, who filed for 1 million yen in damages per couple, or about $7,400; they plan to appeal the ruling to the Osaka High Court.
The district court agreed with the government’s argument that the purpose of marriage was reproduction, according to translations of Yahoo! Japan . The court added that the system of marriage served a greater “pragmatic purpose” of “protecting men and women to bear children and raise them.” 1. Osaka district court sided with the argument from the country of Japan which said that the “purpose of marriage was reproduction” & agreed with the definition that “marriage is a relationship between a man & a woman to bear children and raise them together in cohabitation.” pic.twitter.com/7FN0dJ0Cx3
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