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Hong Kong activists launch group to lobby for same-sex marriage recognition

in HONG KONG, 03/03/2014

Two couples in Hong Kong have teamed up to launch a new group to lobby the government to recognize civil partnerships and same-sex marriages performed overseas; and ultimately same-sex marriage.

French expatriate Betty Grisoni and her Singaporean wife Abby Lee, together with Hongkonger and Canadian passport holder Guy Ho and his husband Henry Lam, will officially launch their group Double Happiness today.

Grisoni, 43, and Lee, 41, who had a commitment ceremony in Sydney in 2002, will also be celebrating their 12th anniversary today.

'We set up Double Happiness because we felt that there wasn't any proper organization representing gay and lesbian couples that are married overseas and want their marriage officially recognized by the Hong Kong government', Lee said in a media statement.

Hong Kong does not allow same-sex marriages nor does it recognize same-sex marriages performed in other countries.

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