A Chinese legal code dealing with sexual harassment, divorce, and family planning was submitted to the public for two months of comment — and thousands of people are pushing for it to legalize same-sex marriage as well.
The leader of the movement is Sun Wenlin, whose court application to be married to his partner was denied two years ago. His recent social media post on how to submit LGBT-friendly code amendment proposals went viral, and his campaign signatures jumped from 5,000 to over 20,000 in a day.
They have to act now, because “We don’t know how long we would have to wait for the next change to submit opinions on the civil code,” he said, reported Reuters.
Wenlin hopes this discussion can speed up legal recognition, and Beijing lawyer Zhu Bao would agree.
"Discussion of the provisions that have an impact on the legitimate interests of the community will make lawmakers face up to the existence of gender minorities," he said.
The bill is expected to be finalized in 2020.