Oct 4, 2016

SoftBank recognizes same-sex partners among its staff as spouses

SoftBank Group Corp. is recognizing the same-sex partners of its employees as spouses, making them eligible for the company’s welfare programs for married couples. It revised internal rules to accommodate the change, which took effect Saturday. Same-sex couples will receive benefits such as time ...

Naha starts system to certify same-sex marriages

Jul 8, 2016

Naha starts system to certify same-sex marriages

The city of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture launched a system of certifying same-sex marriages Friday, becoming the fifth municipality in the nation to introduce such a system. Couples of the same registered sex aged 20 or older residing in Naha will be eligible to ...

May 22, 2016

Church of Scotland to allow same-sex marriage for ministers

The Church of Scotland voted Saturday to allow its ministers to be in same-sex marriages. The national church’s general assembly in Edinburgh voted to extend a law passed last May that permits its ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships. Commissioners in the Kirk, ...

Mar 13, 2016

Iga to become third municipality to recognize same-sex partnerships

The city of Iga, Mie Prefecture, will start recognizing same-sex partnerships as equivalent to marriage in April, becoming the third local government to address discrimination against sexual minorities. The certificates will be issued starting April 1. Tokyo’s Shibuya and Setagaya wards introduced similar systems ...