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Article: The same difference: Protecting same-sex couples under the domestic violence ordinance

TitleThe same difference: Protecting same-sex couples under the domestic violence ordinance
Authors
KeywordsDomestic violence
Equality
Non-discrimination
Same-sex couples
Issue Date2009
PublisherBerkeley Electronic Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.bepress.com/asjcl
Citation
Asian Journal Of Comparative Law, 2009, v. 4 n. 1 How to Cite?
AbstractHong Kong recently amended its Domestic Violence Ordinance (?DVO"). During the deliberations, the issue of whether protection under the DVO ought to be extended to same-sex couples arose for discussion and has since been the subject of extensive debate. Religious and conservative groups have argued that including these groups within the DVO risks overhauling the traditional meaning of ?family" and could implicitly legitimize same-sex marriage whilst others have insisted that failing to provide equivalent civil remedies under the DVO to such groups amounts to sexual orientation discrimination and is contrary to Hong Kong's international human rights commitments. This paper reviews the various arguments that have been raised against the inclusion of same-sex couples within the DVO and argues that Hong Kong's international and constitutional commitments to the principles of equality and non-discrimination require that same-sex couples be brought within the purview of this legislation. © 2009 The Berkeley Electronic Press. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/58920
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.127
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dc.contributor.authorKapai, Pen_HK
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dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAsian Journal Of Comparative Law, 2009, v. 4 n. 1en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1932-0205en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/58920-
dc.description.abstractHong Kong recently amended its Domestic Violence Ordinance (?DVO"). During the deliberations, the issue of whether protection under the DVO ought to be extended to same-sex couples arose for discussion and has since been the subject of extensive debate. Religious and conservative groups have argued that including these groups within the DVO risks overhauling the traditional meaning of ?family" and could implicitly legitimize same-sex marriage whilst others have insisted that failing to provide equivalent civil remedies under the DVO to such groups amounts to sexual orientation discrimination and is contrary to Hong Kong's international human rights commitments. This paper reviews the various arguments that have been raised against the inclusion of same-sex couples within the DVO and argues that Hong Kong's international and constitutional commitments to the principles of equality and non-discrimination require that same-sex couples be brought within the purview of this legislation. © 2009 The Berkeley Electronic Press. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherBerkeley Electronic Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.bepress.com/asjclen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Journal of Comparative Lawen_HK
dc.rightsAsian Journal of Comparative Law. Copyright © Berkeley Electronic Press.en_HK
dc.subjectDomestic violenceen_HK
dc.subjectEqualityen_HK
dc.subjectNon-discriminationen_HK
dc.subjectSame-sex couplesen_HK
dc.titleThe same difference: Protecting same-sex couples under the domestic violence ordinanceen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.2202/1932-0205.1199en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume4en_HK
dc.identifier.issue1en_HK
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_HK
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