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Wednesday 25 April 2018

UK woman wins landmark Hong Kong same-sex marriage residency case

The move will grant the woman a spousal visa, giving her and her partner the same rights as heterosexual couples
The move will grant the woman a spousal visa, giving her and her partner the same rights as heterosexual couples

A British woman has won a landmark legal challenge allowing her residency in Hong Kong with her same-sex partner, after a ruling which could make it easier for gay couples to move to the Asian financial centre.

Hong Kong's Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court's previous judicial review.

The earlier ruling had sided with the immigration department's decision to deny the woman a spousal visa that would let her live and work in Hong Kong, because the city does not recognise same-sex marriage.

The ruling caps a years-long fight by the woman - identified in the ruling only as QT - and her partner to be given the same treatment as tens of thousands of other expatriate workers who are allowed to bring their heterosexual spouses to the former British colony.

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