Kishida was questioned by one of the lawyers from the opposition side. The question was regarding same-sex marriage. He was asked, “Whether the ban on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination?”
The prime minister of Japan Fumio Kishida replied that the ban on same-sex marriage is not discriminatory. The ban on the disallowing of same-sex marriage is not discriminatory.
He also added that the constitution only gives freedom of marriage to heterosexual couples.
The statement on the ban on same-sex marriage triggered the people of Japan.
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He has been receiving a lot of criticism from the LGBTQ community over the remark. His earlier statements also led to controversy. He said that it could lead to a change in the family value system.
This statement comes after the last month’s outrage due to the discriminator comments made by the Prime minister’s side.
Till Today Japan has not recognised same-sex marriages.
The Conservative Views of the Kishida’s party
Fumio Kishida was elected from the liberal Democratic Party, which follows the ideology of conservative family values and traditions.
They still believe in the traditional values and roles of gender. They are even reluctant to promote equality between the sexes.
They are against homosexual relations or other sexualities.
Flack against the party
The party has received criticism from activists over postponing the legislation draft.
The party also attempted to quash many LGBTQ events and campaigns that promote the LGBTQ community among the people of Japan. The party tried to stop the equality awareness promotion law before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Lesbian couples, bisexuals, transgenders, etc. face a lot of discrimination at the workplace, home, school, etc. They often have to hide their sexual identities from the public. There is fear of attack from the people.
The people of Japan have filed several cases and petitions for the discrimination that happen against them.
Backfire on the recent apology
Last month, the Prime Minister came out with a statement of apology for his former aide’s comments on homosexuality. He talked about restoring the trust of the people and will explain the government’s stance on the whole issue.
He also appointed a special aide for LGBTQ issues. He also told his party to prepare legislation for LGBTQ rights to promote.
He also held a meeting in February with the representatives of the LGBTQ community. He told the representatives in the meeting about the need to discuss the issue.
Prime minister’s Former aide fired over his discriminator remark against the LGBTQ
Last month, the prime minister’s former aide, Masayoshi Arai, also made some discriminatory comments about the LGBTQ community.
This led to huge outrage over the need for anti-discriminatory laws. He said he would not prefer to live next door to LGBTQ couples. He does not even want to even look at them.
Masayoshi Arai fired his remarks. He was a senior aide of the prime minister. The prime minister said that he takes this issue very seriously.
This is a big challenge for Japan, as the country is going to host the G7 meeting in Japan. The activists and protesters are urging the government to enact the anti-discriminatory policy quickly.
Recently, the South Korean high court also legalized same-sex relationships.