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sociologist asks for legal recognition of same-sex marriage

Chinese
sociologist asks for legal recognition of same-sex marriage

A prominent Chinese sociologist says legally recognizing same-sex marriage might curb the spread of HIV.

A prominent Chinese sociologist is asking her country's chief political advisory body to legally recognize same-sex marriage. Li Yinhe's proposal is the third one she's submitted to the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, of which she is a member, reports the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Li, a marriage and sex studies scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that legalizing same-sex marriage is an effective strategy for ending discrimination against gay people. She also said that as HIV infections rise in China, allowing gay people to marry may help curb the spread of the virus because marriage promotes stability and safe sex. However, she added that China is not yet "prepared" for such a step. Her two prior proposals failed to get the minimum level of committee support needed for approval. China removed homosexuality from its official list of psychoses in 2001. A 2004 government survey estimated that there are as many as 10 million gay men in the country, although the number of lesbians was not calculated. (Advocate.com)

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