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Same-sex marriage in Japan

Legal status of
same-sex relationships
Previously performed and not invalidated
  1. Can be registered also in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten
  2. Licensed in some counties in Kansas but same-sex marriage is not recognized by the state
  3. Currently legal in St. Louis, Missouri
  4. When performed in Mexican states that have legalized same-sex marriage

*Not yet in effect

LGBT portal

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Japan. Article 24 of the Japanese constitution states that "Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis."


On March 27, 2009, it was reported that Japan has given the green light for its nationals to marry same-sex foreign partners in countries where same-sex marriages are legal. Japan does not allow same-sex marriages domestically and has so far also refused to issue a key document required for citizens to wed overseas if the applicant's intended spouse was of the same gender. Under the change, the justice ministry has instructed local authorities to issue the key certificate—which states a person is single and of legal age—for those who want to enter same-sex marriages.[1]

In June 2011, the deputy head abbot of Kyoto's Shunkō-in Zen temple announced that the temple would perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in the temple as part of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.[2]

Since May 15, 2012, the Tokyo Disney Resort has allowed symbolic (not government recognized) same-sex marriage ceremonies in its Cinderella's Castle hotel.[3] On March 3, 2013, its first same-sex marriage was held.[4] Koyuki Higashi married her partner, who was only identified by the name Hiroko.[5]

Public opinion

A May 2013 Ipsos poll found that out of over a thousand Japanese adult interviewees, 24% of respondents were in favor of same-sex marriage and another 27% supported other form of recognition for same-sex couples.[6]

According to the survey by Nihon Yoron Chosa-ka, conducted on 1 and 2 March 2014, 42.3% of Japanese supported same-sex marriage, 52.4% were against.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Japan allows its citizens same-sex marriage abroad". Google. Agence France-Presse. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Rev. Taka (May 11, 2011). "Promoting the Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Rights in Japan". Shunkoin Today. 
  3. ^ 同性結婚、ミッキーマウスも支持 東京ディズニーリゾート - AFP(2012年9月8日閲覧)
  4. ^ 元タカラジェンヌと女性のカップルが、東京ディズニーリゾートで初の同性挙式 - インターナショナルビジネスタイムズ(2013年3月3日閲覧)
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  6. ^ "Same-Sex Marriage". Ipsos. 7–21 May 2013. 
  7. ^ 52.4% of Japanese say they oppose same-sex marriage
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