FILE - In this July 2, 2015, file photo, Teresa Xu, left, and Li Tingting, right, share a kiss as clerks take photographs in a beauty salon where the two were preparing for their wedding in Beijing. LGBT activists in China are seeking to legalize same-sex marriage through a novel tactic: submitting opinions on a draft new civil code to the country’s legislature. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

LGBT activists in China seek to change marriage civil code

November 28, 2019 - 9:52 pm

BEIJING (AP) — LGBT activists in China are seeking to legalize same-sex marriage through a novel tactic: submitting opinions on a draft new civil code to the country’s legislature.

It’s one of the few options available as space for civil society and advocacy has shrunk. Human rights activists and their lawyers have been detained and internet censorship has grown.

Activists acknowledge that marriage equality is still far off, but say the opinions will push the government to take the demand more seriously.

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