Li Yinhe: Same-sex Marriage Should Be Legal
2011-03-04Editor:Sarah Wang 
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"It would improve China's image in the world if same-sex marriage was legalized," well-known Chinese sociologist and CPPCC member Li Yinhe writes in her micro blog.

Li Yinhe []

Li Yinhe []

According to Li, there are two specific proposals under consideration: one is to establish a separate law covering same-sex marriages; the other is to revise the current law by replacing the term "husband and wife" with the term "spouses", and adding the note "regardless of sex".

Li Yinhe (February 4, 1952 -) is a sociologist, sexologist and activist for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) rights in China. She was the first female sexologist to introduce western theories on the subject to China and to promote studies on gay male and female sexuality. She was married to the late writer Wang Xiaobo. Li's name appeared on the Asia Week magazine 50 Most Influential People in China list. She has twice publicly raised the issue of gay marriage (in 2003 and 2005) at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.


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