Monthly Archives October 2016

Naha City is to become the 5th municipality that officially recognizes same-sex couples and issues same-sex partnership certificates. PinkDot Okinawa is to hold a wedding for a local gay couple.

On July 8th, Naha City, well known for its active role in LGBT rights movements and its declaration of support for LGBT community called “Naha Rainbow Declaration,” started issuing same-sex partnership certificates that recognize same-sex couples as equivalent to “married.” Naha City is the first city in Okinawa and the 5th local municipality in Japan that has the same-sex partnership system. Okinawa is the first local municipality that has both a same-sex partnership system and an official declaration of support for LGBT. According to the mayor of Naha City, Mikiko Shiroma, the same-sex partnership certificate is given to a couple
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