Is Japan over the rainbow? Foreign LGBT executives and Japanese immigration law

By Koji Ishikawa, Lawrence Carter and Keitaro Uzawa

On 26 June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued two rulings that significantly advanced same-sex marriage rights in America.

In United States v Windsor (570 U.S. (2013)), the court considered whether a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined ‘marriage’ and ‘spouse’ so as to exclude same-sex partners was constitutional. The majority held that DOMA was unconstitutional ‘as a depravation of the equal liberty of persons’ protected by the Constitution.

In Hollingsworth v Perry (570 U.S. (2013)), the Supreme Court held that the proponents of Proposition 8, which would have amended California’s state constitution so as to limit marriage to a union between one man and one woman, did not have standing to challenge a lower court’s decisions and should not have been permitted to intervene to defend Proposition 8…

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