Date
20 September 2017
Legislators faced a storm of protests when they opened a public hearing on proposed changes to Hong Kong's marriage ordinance. Photo: HKEJ
Legislators faced a storm of protests when they opened a public hearing on proposed changes to Hong Kong's marriage ordinance. Photo: HKEJ

Same-sex marriage fears spook Legco hearing

Legco, marriage, protest.

All three were thrown together Wednesday as legislators held the first public hearing on proposed changes to Hong Kong’s marriage ordinance. 

At issue are public concerns the draft amendments will lead to same-sex marriage. That would contravene social customs and affect future generations, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

Some lawmakers insisted the bill has no such intent, but the assurance did not stop hundreds of people from protesting outside the Legco building.

Inside, hundreds more expressed their opposition to the amendments, in addition to 2,000 who had submitted written appeals. 

Legislator Chan Chi-chuen suggested the draft be withdrawn, including an equally contentious proposal on transsexual rights, the report said.

The transsexual rights amendment requires homosexuals to undergo sex change for marriage purposes, but opponents said the procedure exposes the human body to potentially severe harm.

Popular Hong Kong singer Denise Ho, a member of the gay rights group Big Love Alliance, said homosexuals should not have to undergo sex change before they can legally marry.

– Contact HKEJ at [email protected]

TL/AC/RA

 

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