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S. Korean court rejects gay couple's appeal over same-sex marriage

All Headlines 18:35 December 06, 2016

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean appeals court said on Tuesday it has upheld a previous ruling that refused to legally recognize a gay couple's marriage.

Kim Jho Gwang-soo and Kim Sung-hwan, both male filmmakers, tied the knot in September 2013, but a district office declined to accept their marriage on the grounds that "same-sex marriage does not satisfy the definition of husband and wife in civic law."

The Seoul Western District Court ruled against the couple in May, saying same-sex marriage cannot be recognized as legitimate under the country's current legal system. The court said a separate legislative step is needed to recognize same-sex unions as marriage.

They appealed the case, but the court on Monday ruled there were no legal flaws in the previous ruling.

Kim Sung-hwan said he will bring the case to the country's top court.

A high-profile South Korean gay couple -- Kim Jho Gwang-soo (L) and Kim Sung-hwan -- hold a news conference in Seoul on May 26, 2016, to announce their plan to appeal a local court's rejection of their marriage. The Seoul Western District Court ruled against the filmmaker couple the previous day, saying same-sex marriage cannot be recognized as legitimate under the country's current legal system. (Yonhap)

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