Hong Kong may be dubbed “Asia’s world city”, but when it comes to LGBT rights we lag behind most of the western world, and even some of our Asian neighbors. (Certain cities in Japan have okayed same-sex partnerships, which provide some similar benefits as marriage, while Taiwan could introduce same-sex marriage throughout the nation as early as 2019.)
The Hong Kong Immigration Department recently refused to grant a visa to the spouse of a lesbian expatriate because it defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The expatriate — who has been going by the name of “QT” in the press — appealed the decision, and won, successfully securing a dependant visa for her spouse “SS”. The decision is hopefully a step towards more recognition of same-sex unions in future.