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China confronts gays in straight marriages

Posted by Jim Lopata  January 28, 2013 10:54 AM

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As France debates whether to legalize marriage for same-sex couples, China is trying to figure out what to do with marriages between a man and a woman where one of the partners turns out to be gay.

A new study from First Intermediate People's Court of Beijing recently revealed the misery that frequently accompanies such unions, which, in at least one documented case, led to suicide.

A story from business and finance news organization Caixin, which was picked up by the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, provides a close look at the problem:

A 2005 report by sexologist Liu Dalin says 90 percent of homosexual and bisexual men in China get married. According to one estimate, more than 10 million women are married to gay men. ...

The study said this situation arises from the fact that homosexuality is still considered a highly sensitive topic in the country. The majority of the public does not accept it, and conservative judges are unwilling to even acknowledge it.

Read more from Caixin here.

Read more from WSJ's MarketWatch here.

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