User talk:Jonathankwanhc

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Gay marriage in Japan[edit]

Hey, I just noticed this edit of yours. I reverted, but I hope you don't take offense. My reasoning was that "constitutional ban" implies the Japanese Constitution contains a specific clause banning gay marriage. It is heteronormative in its wording, but only in that it assumes heterosexual marriage in Article 24, which is clearly not about gay or straight marriage, but about equality of sexes and the right of both partners not to marry against their will. The exact wording in English is Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis. With regard to choice of spouse, property rights, inheritance, choice of domicile, divorce and other matters pertaining to marriage and the family, laws shall be enacted from the standpoint of individual dignity and the essential equality of the sexes. You will also note that even when quoting the Constitution in the context of discussing gay marriage not being permitted in Japan, news articles such as this one seldom if ever refer to a "constitutional ban". Hijiri 88 (やや) 14:36, 21 January 2015 (UTC)