Simon Hunter-Williams, an English professor, who has lived in Korea for the last five years, wants to marry his Korean partner. The problem is, however, gay marriage is not legal in South Korea. While same-sex relationships are not illegal, they are still considered taboo in a country with a significant Christian population.
At a town hall meeting in Seoul, (March 6, 2015) attended mostly by about 100 Europeans, Hunter-Williams asked the mayor directly about gay rights. The mayor’s response was that gay rights were a “very sensitive topic in Korea.”
Hunter-Williams had previously applied unsuccessfully for a partner visa at the immigration office, hoping marry and start a family with his Korean partner. He has also written to the President of South Korea as well.
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from fridae.asia, “Expat takes on Seoul mayor over gay rights”
from Wikipedia: “LGBT Rights in South Korea”