Demand Equal Marriage Rights in China

Target: National People’s Congress

Goal: Demand marriage equality rights for Chinese gays and lesbians.

As more and more countries take the progressive step toward addressing human rights issues, China lags behind in marriage equality. Gay and lesbian couples in China do not have the right to get married. Recently, a lesbian couple in the Dongcheng District tried to register their relationship but was faced with rejection. The official at the registry told them that the law does not recognize a marriage between two women or two men. This type of discrimination and restriction results in homosexuals being treated as second-class citizens in China.

Same-sex couples that cannot get married face many roadblocks when it comes to building a relationship and a family. Gay and lesbian couples in China cannot adopt children together, buy an apartment together, inherit assets from a deceased partner, or sign for their partner’s medical procedures because they are not legally married. Not only do the same-sex marriage laws in China prevent homosexual couples from getting married, but they also encourage homosexuals to marry heterosexuals. This would inevitably cause more social problems. A 2012 report claimed that there are as many as 16 million Chinese women married to closeted gay men. This could lead to more marital problems and higher divorce rates.

As Chinese citizens, gays and lesbians should have the same right as other citizens. Their marriage requests should be addressed, as it does not go against their civil rights. Same-sex marriages will not harm heterosexual marriages or traditional family values. Recent legislation in France, along with dozens of other countries, allows same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. China should follow suit in legalizing gay marriage. Please sign the petition below to support China’s gay and lesbian community, and urge the Chinese government to allow same-sex marriage.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear National People’s Congress,

I am disappointed to hear that same-sex marriage is not allowed in China. By denying gays and lesbians the right to get married, the Chinese government is taking away many basic rights from these Chinese citizens. Same-sex couples that are not married cannot adopt children together, buy an apartment together, inherit assets from a deceased partner, or sign for their partner on legal documents. This type of discrimination is unjust and it creates a divide between heterosexual citizens and homosexual citizens. Gays and lesbians in China should be treated equally, just like everyone else.

By preventing homosexuals from getting married, the Chinese government is encouraging homosexuals to marry heterosexuals. This would, undeniably, causes more social problems. It has been estimated that as many as 16 million Chinese women are married to closeted gay men. This could lead to more marital problems and higher divorce rates. Same-sex marriages, however, do not harm heterosexual marriages or traditional family values. All Chinese citizens, gay or straight, should have the same right to marriage. Dozens of other countries allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. I would like to urge your country to follow suit and give equal rights to all of your citizens.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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