A Jiangxi father wrote letters to 1,000 lawmakers ahead of China’s ‘two sessions’ calling on the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country.
Lin Xianzhi, a 61-year-old civil servant in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province, drafted the letters with the help of 20 volunteers ahead of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the meeting of the National’s People’s Congress. Dubbed the “two sessions”, the meetings are attended by thousands of officials and leaders and are meant to provide a platform to discuss ‘issues concerning the people’.
Lin hopes his proposal can help gay couples obtain the same rights enjoyed by married heterosexual couples in terms of medical care, inheritance and property.
“There are no differences between them and a heterosexual husband and wife,” Lin, whose son came out as gay in 2011, was quoted as saying in a Gay Star News report.
“But my child can’t get married, that’s not fair.”
Lin joined Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG China) to help him better understand and accept his son’s sexuality, and now campaigns for the rights of his son and his partner, who have been together for three years.
Lin has not yet received a reply, but Ah Qiang, executive director of PFLAG China, says that the move has “had great demonstration effect.”
In 2013, prominent Chinese sociologist Li Yinhe submitted a proposal to the National People’s Congress to legalize gay marriage, but only as a “suggestion”. A suggestion becomes a legislative proposal after being signed by a minimum of 30 members.
In November 2013, members of PFLAG China penned a letter to the First Lady of China herself urging for further legislation against gay discrimination and for equal rights for their children.
[Image via Weibo// Weibo]