China Rules Against Gay Marriage
A judge in China ruled against a gay couple last week in the country's first case about same-sex marriage.
A court in central China dismissed the suit that the couple brought against the local government. The couple said the local government bureau would not issue them a marriage registration certificate.
The ruling was not a surprise. The couple's lawyer said he expected the ruling. But a judgment in under four hours was a surprise.
The lawyer argued that Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang should be allowed to marry because the laws in China do not specifically ban marriage between couples of the same sex.
The laws only address marriage between a man and a woman.
Sun says "the fact that marriage between a man and a woman is legal does not suggest that marriage between two men is illegal."
The couple will have to pay a small fee - about $7 - in court costs.
The couple says it plans to appeal.
China does not recognize same-sex marriage and government officials say they do not expect that to change.
The case received a lot of attention inside China. Hundreds of people arrived at the courthouse, hoping for a chance to witness the arguments. But only about 100 were admitted.
Sun talked with the Associated Press news agency before the hearing. He said he hoped other people will see same-sex marriage as a possibility.
"I hope I can pave the way as far and wide as possible so that people who want to do the same will see how much we have tried and what possibilities there can be."
Homosexuality is not illegal in China, but same-sex couples do not usually live openly.
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1.The lawyer argued that Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang should be allowed to marry because the laws in China do not specifically ban marriage between couples of the same sex.
be allowed to 被允许做某事
The child will not be allowed to play outside.
I think he should not be allowed to play for his college career at all.
2.The couple says it plans to appeal.
plan to 计划
Father vetoed our plan to buy a new car.
They referred their plan to the management.
中国中部一法庭驳回了这对情侣对当地政府的起诉 。情侣称当地政府部门不给他们发结婚证 。
这项裁决并非让人感到吃惊 。情侣的律师称他预料到了这个裁决结果 。但是裁决持续了四个小时，真是出乎意料 。
案件引发了中国内部的广大关注 。上百人来到法院希望有机会亲眼目睹法庭辩论 。但是只有100人允许进入 。
开庭前，孙和美联社新闻代表进行了交谈 。他说他希望其他人认为同性婚姻存在可能性 。
我希望我可以尽可能地把这条路铺远铺宽 。这样想做同样事情的人们将会看到我们做出了多少努力，这件事有多大的可能性 。