Wednesday, July 30, 2014   

Hong Kong says no to gay marriages at UK mission
(06-09 15:01)

The Hong Kong government has refused to allow same-sex couples to marry at the British consulate in the city, UK officials said, prompting heavy criticism from gay and lesbian rights groups.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced last week that it would allow its overseas missions to perform same-sex marriages for Britons and their partners in countries where it is illegal under local laws.

However the service, which coincides with legislation to permit same-sex marriages taking effect in the UK, was contingent on local authorities granting their approval.

''Before the UK legislation that governs same-sex marriages was implemented earlier this month, we asked the Hong Kong Government for their agreement to perform such ceremonies here,'' a spokesperson for the British Consulate General said in a statement.

''Unfortunately, the Hong Kong government has raised an objection to the solemnization of same sex marriages in Hong Kong,'' the statement said.

Hong Kong's LGBT activists expressed outrage at the government's decision.--AFP

   
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