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Korean court does not acknowledge same sex marriage

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법원, 국내 첫 동성혼 재판서 '동성간 혼인' 불인정 A lawsuit filed by a prominent film director and his partner seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage has been rejected by a district court in Korea. Our Lee Ji-won has more on the ruling in the first case of its kind. Korea does not acknowledge same-sex marriage as being legal. This was the decision reached by the Seoul Western District Court on Wednesday over a lawsuit filed by a gay couple to acknowledge their marriage legally. Less than three years ago, film director Kim Jho Gwang-soo and his partner film distributor Kim Seung-hwan got married publicly and applied for a marriage registration to legalize their union, becoming the first such case in the country. But the district office rejected the application, saying that it is invalid as the wording "husband and wife" in civil law does not mean members of the same sex. In 2014, the couple challenged the court's decision, saying that civil law in Korea does not prohibit same-sex marriage, and that according to the constitution, freedom and equality of marriage are guaranteed, thus implying it recognizes same sex marriage. But Lee Tae-jong, president of the Seoul Western District Court, dismissed the couple's objection saying that a couple comprised of two people of the same sex cannot be legally interpreted as marriage without a separate legislation under the current legal framework, as the legal interpretation of marriage in the country is already defined as an union between a man and a woman. Lee added that whether to legally recognize same-sex marriage should be thoroughly discussed and decided by the public while being legislated by the national assembly... and that the court cannot come to conclusions based on new interpretations of the law. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld