Kim Jo Kwang Soo and Kim Seung Hwan to Put Same-Sex Marriage Before Korean Courts for First Time
Kim Jo Kwang Soo and Kim Seung Hwan, who had the first wedding ceremony as a same-sex couple in Korea, will put same-sex marriage rights before courts on July 6 for the first time. Since the United States just legalized same-sex marriage in all states, there is a lot of growing interest around this case.
Kim Jo Kwang Soo, a movie director, and Kim Seung Hwan, the representative for Rainbow Factory, had a public wedding ceremony for the first time in September of 2013. In December of the same year, they submitted a marriage application, but it was rejected. In May of 2014, they filed a lawsuit to appeal the rejection.
About this, Kim Jo Kwang Soo said through his social networking account on June 29, “On June 26, the American Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage and established marriage equality in all of America. As such, a lot of people ask about and show interest in my partner and my own marriage and our lawsuit.” He then said, “Our marriage lawsuit will take place July 6. We hope the Korean judiciaries will guarantee equality that is promised in our Constitution.”
He then added, “I had the thought that this won’t happen in my lifetime, and I suddenly shed tears. I will try to promise myself that I will not cry in court,” showing how earnest he is about this issue.
Meanwhile, Kim Jo Kwang Soo and Kim Seung Hwan showed their process in getting married last June through the documentary “My Fair Wedding.”