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13 Dec 2017

Giving spousal benefits to same-sex couples would ‘open floodgates,’ say HK govt lawyers

Hong Kong’s court of appeal hears case of immigration officer and partner he wed overseas.

Government lawyers warned on Monday that granting spousal benefits to gay couples married overseas would amount to legalising same-sex marriage and “open flood gates” at an appeal case, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Senior immigration officer Angus Leung Chun-kwong lodged a judicial challenge after his same-sex partner Scott Adams was refused spousal benefits, and a lower court ruled in his favour before the government launched an appeal.

Representing the government, Barrister Monica Carss-Frisk QC said the preferential treatment of heterosexual married couples was justified by the potential flood of legal challenges by same-sex couples who married overseas, according to the SCMP.

Karon Monaghan QC, for Leung, argued that it was only reasonable to recognise the union.

High Court chief judge Andrew Cheung Kui-nung reportedly said the matter was a policy decision and said “bow we are in the 21st century,” acknowledging that the policy was introduced when homosexual acts were still illegal.


Reader's Comments

1. 2017-12-14 02:32  
Floodgates: Gays (and Lesbians) will come by swarms to HK like seas of locusts!
2. 2017-12-14 04:26  
Oh My! Floodgates opening to the spawns of satan!!! Run for your lives!!!!
So says chicken little....

Religions can get twisted so much that reality is lost and common sense goes out the door. For pete sakes, somebody in HK needs to get a life, (and you know who I mean).
I hope the LGBT community holds their course and keeps pushing at this twisted reality with no common sense group of bubbleheads.
3. 2017-12-14 06:34  
interesting, however a lot of governments recognized spousal rights for same sex couples before recognizing same sex marriage...australia is a case in point where a same sex partner was recognized as a beneficiary in superannuation matters already for many years...also industry groups for example qantas recognizes same sex partners for travel rights etc....good luck with it guys but sounds there is an undercurrent of religious zeal that might be the biggest hurdle as definitely there is no reason to discriminate in this matter
4. 2017-12-14 07:51  
@3: there is an objective alliance (in the Marxist sense) between Christian fundamentalists and pro-Beijing politicians. Interesting, no?
5. 2017-12-14 15:37  
doesnt have to be Christian fundamentalists, although they tend to be the best organised
6. 2017-12-19 15:50  
is there floodgate for heterosexual marriage amount? just make comparison!
gay is not refugee flood
Comment edited on 2017-12-19 17:08:19
7. 2017-12-19 19:33  
who want to be next alliance?
Comment edited on 2017-12-19 19:34:47
8. 2017-12-19 20:15  
Christian fundamental do not allow women become Leader.

The Reason is women did not through crucifixion and there were no women prophets or Angels written in Hollybooks

or perhaps, christian is false religion?
is Christian Religion of peace? Peace for gay marriage?

So, whose ego is this?
Comment edited on 2017-12-19 20:34:19
9. 2017-12-19 20:39  
Will you be Christian after All Christians to be Killed?
Will you be Christian after Death of Christians?
Comment edited on 2017-12-19 20:43:43
10. 2017-12-19 21:11  
People are supportive of gay marriage, but I still think it is odd when some are seeking for a quick shag without commitment, which i will never understand too. I do not mean to offend anyone, gay men who are looking for a life partner is very rare to my knowledge. Where are those who are fighting for love and genuine relationships????
11. 2017-12-19 22:36  
#10 , Very rare mean no flood gate because flood gate is something massive.

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