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Hong Kong court rejects petition to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples

Hong Kong’s Court of the First Instance declined on Friday to craft a redefinition of marriage to include same-sex unions, declaring such a decision “beyond the proper scope of the functions or powers of the court.”

The court rejected the argument of the plaintiff, a woman, who claimed her constitutional rights were violated by the jurisdiction’s limiting marriage to a union between men and women.

Though the ruling puts the brakes on same-sex marriage’s coming to Hong Kong, the court added that there is “much to be said” for a more “comprehensive review on this matter.”

The decision can be appealed to a higher court.