Things are changing for the better, albeit very slowly. The past decade has seen a handful of countries and regions officially recognise same-sex marriage and LGBTQ+ activists are working to make sure Japan is the next to do so. Marriage for All Japan is campaigning for the legalisation of same-sex marriage across the country.
On Thursday November 26, the organisation is meeting with members of the National Diet of Japan and streaming the event on YouTube so supporters can attend virtually. The live-stream is more than just a chance to see the campaign in action, though. Marriage for All Japan will use the viewer count on the streamed video to demonstrate how many people are calling for marriage equality.
Currently, only a small number of Japanese prefectures and cities issue certificates that recognise same-sex partnerships, and even these provide only limited rights to couples, such as the ability to move into prefectural housing together or receive spousal visitation rights at hospitals. Not all prefectures have mutual recognition, either, meaning couples may have to reapply for a separate certificate when moving between prefectures. Same-sex marriages and civil partnerships performed overseas are also not fully recognised in Japan.
To support the push for new legislation that allows for same-sex marriage, tune in to the live-stream at 1pm on Thursday, November 26. You can also help by signing the organisation's petition on Change.org or by sending donations.
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