A court has ruled against a Chinese man who filed a suit to legally wed his boyfriend
A court in China has ruled that two men cannot get legally married, reports Reuters.
Homosexuality is legal in China, however same-sex marriage is not and LGBT couples therefore have no protections.
Many advocates have applauded Sun Wenlin, 26, who filed the suit in the Chinese city of Changsha against a civil affairs bureau.
The court remained in opposition and delivered a negative ruling.
“Of course I’m not very pleased about it but I’m not going to give up,” he told Reuters. “I plan to appeal.”
Sun wanted to start a family with his 36-year-old partner and pursued the lawsuit last December.
A previous attempt by Sun to register for a license was also rejected in June 2015, by the Eurong district affairs bureau, who turned him away saying, “marriage had to be between a man and woman.”
Some great strides have been made in China toward gays and lesbians. It wasn’t until 2001 that the country removed homosexuality from their category of mental disorders.