Hong Kong Court Rules in Favour of British Lesbian
Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of a British lesbian who’d previously been denied a dependent visa.
The woman – identified as QT – had moved to the territory when her same-sex partner secured a job there.
Same-sex marriage and civil partnerships aren't legal in Hong Kong.
QT’s application for a dependent visa was rejected by Hong Kong’s Immigration Department because it did not recognise the couple’s UK civil partnership.
The Court of Appeal has now said this is discrimination of sexual orientation.
The decision of the three judges presiding over the case was unanimous. Although, they offered no challenge to the local definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman.
Hong Kong’s Immigration Department now has twenty-eight days to come up with an acceptable offer to QT.