Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Lack of Legal Protections for Same-Sex Partnerships in South Korea

From Human Rights Watch:

The registration of same-sex marriage does not guarantee an enjoyment of legal rights and protections among same-sex partnerships in South Korea. A couple sued to have the health insurance benefits restored after the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) took away one of the couple's entitlement to access the plan after the story of their same-sex partnership registration went public.

The court in South Korea, in its ruling last week, declined to recognize the couple as common law spouses, citing the lack of legislative recognition of same-sex partnerships in South Korea.

This ruling shows that LGBT South Koreans are being denied many of the same opportunities as others. A potential abuse from the ruling may thus harm the South Korea LGBTQ+ community severely with such unequal and discriminative treatment.

Read more here.

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