Hong Kong: Same-sex court ruling does not mean we will approve gay marriage in near future

The Hong Kong government has no plans to amend other social policies following a landmark ruling in favour of a same-sex couple’s dependant visa application, the city’s leader has said.

At the closing question and answer session of the Legislative Council on Thursday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said though the government respected the court’s ruling, the QT case was not a challenge to Hong Kong’s Marriage Ordinance and concerned only the city’s immigration policy.

The QT case was launched by a British lesbian who fought to have her civil union recognised in Hong Kong after her partner moved to the city for work. The Court of Final Appeal ruled last week that immigration authorities were required to issue spousal visas to same-sex partners.

Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong deputy chairman Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan, who is also a member of the Executive Council, asked Lam on Thursday whether other policies “such as public housing, welfare, or adoption [would] face similar legal challenges”.

People Power lawmaker Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, the only openly gay member of Legco, said the government should take the lead in achieving greater equality, rather than waiting for the court to hand down rulings. Read more via South China Morning Post