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South Korean Court Declines to Recognize Same-Sex Partners

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Participants march with a rainbow flag during a Pride parade in Seoul, South Korea, July 15, 2017.    © 2017 AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. A court in Seoul, South Korea has rejected a same-sex couple’s bid for spousal health insurance benefits, underscoring the lack of legal protections for same-sex couples in the country. Although South Korea does not recognize same-sex partnerships, one of the men successfully registered the other as his spouse in February 2020, allowing him access to his employer’s health insurance plan. When the story became public months later, the…


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