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Gay couples in Japan join together on Valentine's Day to sue government over same-sex marriage ban

Gay couples in Japan join together on Valentine's Day to sue government over same-sex marriage banThirteen gay couples filed Japan's first lawsuit challenging the country's rejection of same-sex marriage on Valentine's Day, arguing the denial violates their constitutional right to equality. Six couples holding banners saying "Marriage For All Japan" walked into Tokyo District Court to file their cases against the government, with similar cases filed by three couples in Osaka, one couple in Nagoya and three couples in Sapporo. Plaintiff Kenji Aiba, standing next to his partner Ken Kozumi, told reporters he would "fight this war together with sexual minorities all around Japan." Mr Aiba and Mr Kozumi have held onto a marriage certificate they signed at their wedding party in 2013, anticipating Japan would emulate other advanced nations and legalise same-sex unions. That day has yet to come, and legally they are just friends even though they've lived as a married couple for more than five years. So they decided to act rather than waiting. "Right now we are both in good health and able to work, but what if either of us has an accident or becomes ill? We are not allowed to be each other's guarantors for medical treatment, or to be each other's heir," Mr Kozumi, a 45-year-old office worker, said in a recent interview with his partner Mr Aiba, 40. "Progress in Japan has been too slow." Politician Mizuho Fukushima has spoken out in favour of gay rights in Japan Credit: AP Photo/Mari Yamaguchi Ten Japanese municipalities have enacted "partnership" ordinances for same-sex couples to make it easier for them to rent apartments together, among other things, but they are not legally binding. Japanese laws are currently interpreted as allowing marriage only between a man and a woman. In a society where pressure for conformity is strong, many gay people hide their sexuality, fearing prejudice at home, school or work. The obstacles are even higher for transgender people in the highly gender-specific society. The Supreme Court last month upheld a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their gender changed on official documents. The LGBT equal rights movement has lagged behind in Japan because people who are silently not conforming to conventional notions of sexuality have been so marginalized that the issue hasn't been considered a human rights problem, experts say. "Many people don't even think of a possibility that their neighbors, colleagues or classmates may be sexual minorities," said Mizuho Fukushima, a lawyer-turned-politician and an expert on gender and human rights issues. "And the pressure to follow a conservative family model, in which heterosexual couples are supposed to marry and have children, is still strong." Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ultra-conservative supporters have campaigned to restore a paternalistic society based on heterosexual marriages. The government has restarted moral education class at schools to teach children family values and good deeds. "Whether to allow same-sex marriage is an issue that affects the foundation of how families should be in Japan, which requires an extremely careful examination," Mr Abe said in a statement last year.



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Jeff Bezos, Amazon boss and world's richest man, to divorce after 25 years of marriage

Jeff Bezos, Amazon boss and world's richest man, to divorce after 25 years of marriageAmazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos are divorcing after 25 years of marriage, the couple announced in a joint statement on Twitter. Mr and Mrs Bezos first met while working together at a New York hedge fund in the early 1990s and have been together since as Amazon's valuation briefly swelled beyond $ 1 trillion last year, raising the prospect that a settlement could make her the world's richest woman. With a personal stake in Amazon estimated to be worth $ 160bn (£125bn), Mr Bezos, 54, is the world’s wealthiest man. Although the separation is amicable, their separation is likely to prove to be a highly lucrative one for an army of lawyers and advisers. The couple married in 1993, one year before Mr Bezos started Amazon from his garage in Seattle. As well as his shareholding in Amazon, Bezos owns a string of other investments as well as homes in Seattle, Washington DC, Beverly Hills, New York and a Gulfstream jet. Their divorce settlement is likely to be the most expensive in history and may reshape the global wealth rankings.  If the pair file for divorce in Washington, the state where the pair were married and Amazon is headquartered, half of Mr Bezos' wealth could go to his wife under the state's community property law unless there is a pre-nuptial agreement in place. If the couple split their fortune equally, it could leave Mrs Bezos with around $ 69 billion. It could also reinstate Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as the world’s richest person. “After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” Mr Bezos wrote in a post on Twitter. In an interview with Wired in 1999, Mr Bezos described his search for his ideal mate. Calling himself a "professional dater", he devised a system to filter potential partners.  "The number-one criterion was that I wanted a woman who could get me out of a Third World prison", he told the website. "What I really wanted was someone resourceful. But nobody knows what you mean what you mean when you say, 'I'm looking for a resourceful woman'." MacKenzie Bezos, 48, is a novelist who grew up in San Francisco and founder of anti-bullying organisation Bystander Revolution in 2014. The former couple met in the early 1990s when they both worked for investment management firm D.E. Shaw. They were engaged after three months of working together and married three months after that. Mrs Bezos was one of Amazon’s earliest employees and became an accountant for the business when it started as an online book retailer. They have four children together. The news of the divorce comes two days after Amazon became the world’s most valuable company, overtaking Microsoft’s valuation. Amazon currently has a market cap of $ 811.2bn, with analysts speculating that it could reach the trillion-dollar milestone. Last year the couple launched a $ 2 billion charitable fund together, called the Day One Fund. Their joint statement released on Mr Bezos' twitter account yesterday suggests they will continue to work on the project together . "Thought the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends".



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Ashley Graham reveals 'having lots of sex' is the key to a lasting marriage

Ashley Graham reveals 'having lots of sex' is the key to a lasting marriageModel Ashley Graham reveals to Elle magazine that 'having lots of sex' is the key to a lasting marriage.



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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie to divorce after 25 years of marriage

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie to divorce after 25 years of marriageAmazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie said they are divorcing after 25 years of marriage. The couple announced their split via Twitter.



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Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battleVoters in Taiwan backed anti-gay marriage referendums Saturday in what LGBT activists said was a major blow to the island’s reputation as a rights trailblazer. The result came at the end of a dramatic evening which saw Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen resign as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after it suffered major defeats in key mid-term polls, a significant blow to her prospects for re-election in 2020. As well as voting for seats from village to city level, there were 10 referendums on the ballot, including pro- and anti-gay marriage proposals.



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Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battle

Anti-gay marriage groups win Taiwan referendum battleVoters in Taiwan backed anti-gay marriage referendums Saturday in what LGBT activists said was a major blow to the island’s reputation as a rights trailblazer. The result came at the end of a dramatic evening which saw Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen resign as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after it suffered major defeats in key mid-term polls, a significant blow to her prospects for re-election in 2020. As well as voting for seats from village to city level, there were 10 referendums on the ballot, including pro- and anti-gay marriage proposals.



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The Latest: Taiwanese reject gay marriage, new Olympic name

The Latest: Taiwanese reject gay marriage, new Olympic nameTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Latest on local elections in Taiwan (all times local):



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Kentucky county clerk who refused same-sex marriage licenses loses re-election bid

Kentucky county clerk who refused same-sex marriage licenses loses re-election bidKim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who was briefly jailed for defying a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has lost her bid for re-election. SEE ALSO: Lurking John King is the best part of CNN's election coverage As reported by CNN, the controversial conservative Republican was beaten by Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. in Rowan County by about 650 votes, according to unofficial results posted by the state elections board. Unofficial results have Elwood Caudill Jr winning the Rowan Co. Clerk’s race, defeating incumbent Kim Davis. @WKYT pic.twitter.com/h2GiVresEO — Matthew Rand (@MatthewWKYT) November 7, 2018 Davis, part of a denomination called Apostolic Christianity,
made headlines in 2015 after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a historic Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages across the country the same year.  Davis was found in contempt of court for not issuing the licenses and also stopping her six deputy clerks from signing them, and she spent five days in jail. Kentucky later changed the law, so that marriage licenses statewide that no longer require county clerks' names to appear on them. Davis was soon back in the seat, earning just shy of $ 80,000 a year as country clerk, which WDRB reports as more than twice what the average job pays in Rowan County, Kentucky. Caudill won the Democratic nomination in May to take on Davis, defeating David Ermold, a gay man who was denied a marriage license by Davis "under God's authority," in 2015.  Ermold announced he was running for county clerk in December, and raised more than $ 200,000 in funding. But Caudill, chief deputy in the county property valuation office, eventually won over the Democrats. WATCH: The world's tallest statue has been unveiled, and it's almost twice the size of the Statue of Liberty



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2 Brides Celebrate Their Marriage By Setting Wedding Dresses On Fire

2 Brides Celebrate Their Marriage By Setting Wedding Dresses On FireThis is one wedding ceremony that got very heated.



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Man says he was fired by Catholic diocese for gay marriage posts

Man says he was fired by Catholic diocese for gay marriage postsKeith Kozak says he was fired by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for "liking" a post about a friend's gay marriage on Facebook.



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