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“The NHRC has no official position on same-sex marriage,” a commission official said after announcing that the petition was dismissed on Feb. 11. “The decision to deny the request was based on an understanding that such a legal-related issue would first need to be reviewed at a policy level.”
The petition was submitted in 2017 by a 35-year-old British citizen, Simon Hunter-Williams, who asked that his marriage to a Korean man be legally acknowledged by Seoul since they married in the United Kingdom, where same-sex marriage is legal. Hunter-Williams made the request in order to obtain a marriage-based Korean residence (F-6) visa based on his relationship with the Korean citizen.
Same-sex marriage currently has no legal status in Korea, where a largely conservative public remains a barrier to its social acceptance.
The NHRC official stressed that the rejection of the request was not a denial of the validity of same-sex marriage, but the petition was beyond their jurisdiction as there is no legal basis for the matter. For Hunter-Williams to be granted a marriage visa, there would first need to be a change in the legal interpretation of marriage as a result of a “society-wide agreement,” the official added.
According to the official, however, the NHRC opposed any discrimination based on sexual orientation in terms of employment or property ownership.
In addition to his petition to the NHRC, Hunter-Williams had also submitted a similar appeal to President Moon Jae-in last year, but the Justice Ministry declined to review this request.
While this case is the first case submitted in Korea by a couple legally married in another country, activists have long tried to legalize same-sex marriage.
The most well-known of these was led by film director Kim-Jho Kwang-soo, who married another man at a ceremony in 2013 and filed a lawsuit in 2015 asking for legal recognition. Both a district and appeals court ruled against the couple in 2016, citing a lack of legislation.
Most politicians, for their part, have either opposed or remain reluctant to voice support for gay rights, largely due to vocal opposition from conservative members of society.
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) stood out as an exception, saying in 2014 that he hoped Korea could be the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. Several DP lawmakers submitted a bill in 2014 that would grant a form of legal acceptance for such unions in the form of a “life partnership,” but the bill failed to pass the National Assembly.
Nonetheless, there is growing social acceptance of same-sex marriage from society at large. According to a poll from 2017, 34 percent of respondents – and 66 percent of those in their 20s – said they supported same sex marriage, almost double the number in a similar poll from 2001.
BY SHIM KYU-SEOK [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Take a look at the latest article on the issue on Same-Sex marriage in Korea.
Rights panel says it doesn’t “deny” same-sex marriage
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea made the remarks in rejecting a petition filed by a gay couple who got married overseas and asked for their marriage to be recognized here.
|National Human Rights Commission of Korea (Yonhap)|
A 35-year-old British man named Simon Hunter-Williams married a South Korean man in the UK in 2015 and submitted the petition in 2017, asking the Korean government to guarantee their rights as a married couple.
The rights panel said it decided to reject the petition as there was a need to review the case from a policy perspective.
By law, rejection of a petition by the rights panel is different from dismissal of a petition.
According to Article 32 of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea Act, the commission must reject a petition if “the contents of said petition do not fall under the scope of the matters subject to the investigation” of the panel.
On the other hand, the commission is obligated to dismiss petitions if they contain false statements, if they do not concern human rights violations or discrimination as defined in Korean law, or if “the injury related to the petition has already been relieved.”
The Korean courts do not recognize marriage contracts between individuals of the same sex and do not view their relationship as that of a married couple, the panel said.
For a same-sex spouse of a Korean national to receive authorization to stay here on an F-6 visa, issued to foreign nationals married to Koreans, the judicial interpretations of the definition of a married couple and the validity of a marriage under the Civil Act would have to be revised, and a social consensus on same-sex marriage must be reached, the panel said.
The commission stressed that while its decision was based on the law, the rights body was not speaking out against same-sex marriage.
It has participated in LGBT festivals, with its leader delivering a congratulatory speech at one such festival.
Hunter-Williams was seeking a spousal visa so that he could reside in Korea with the legal status of a foreign spouse.
He sent a petition addressed to President Moon Jae-in last year, requesting that foreign spouses of Korean nationals in same-sex marriages be allowed to apply for F-6 spousal visas, but he received a negative reply from the Justice Ministry.
By Kim So-hyun (email@example.com)
En juillet 2017, près de 85 000 personnes ont participé à la Pride dans les rues de Séoul, une augmentation de 25 000 personnes par rapport à l’année précédente. Ceci dit, lors d’un sondage mené en décembre 2017, on découvrait que 52% des Sud-Coréens s’opposent toujours au mariage gai. La situation de la communauté LGBT est donc loin d’être rose, comme en témoigne l’expérience de Simon Hunter-Williams, un Anglais de 33 ans qui est marié un Sud-Coréen et vécu en Corée du Sud pendant sept ans.
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Getting into Vancouver life requires less coffee, less speed and patience (or just being totally laid back!) and it is nice.. sometimes — although I love the faster pace of life that Asia offers^^
Vancouver has a charm that Seoul doesn’t hold, nature within a short bus ride, cruise boats within ten minute walk from your front door, ocean views, mountains layered like cake with snow at the brim and the green of summer shining through!
This weekend, I took my husband to somewhere totally new – Lynn Valley and it was magical. We headed for a a quick McDonalds as our hunt for food when jumping off the bus didn’t leave many an option but when we headed to the gorge- we were left in awe – take a look here
As you know, we’ve recently relocated to Vancouver in Canada.
We’ve sorted our home and finding work but my mind often swings back to Korea.
Yesterday, I was playing with the Clips feature of my IPhone and made this short video!
Korea will always remain my second home, I love the excitement and buzz of the big city. The wide array of galleries, shops and tourist hotspots to explore (something Vancouver needs to work on!)
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