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Chinese students send 3,000 letters to urge lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage

in CHINA, 03/03/2014

Liang Wenhui, a graduate student from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and founder of Chinese Gay-Straight Alliance, with the help of other students wrote and posted 3,000 individually-addressed letters to individual deputies of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) last week urging them to legalize same-sex marriage.

Twenty-two students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou are said to have spent five and half hours stuffing the letters in the envelopes, piling them into four big boxes before taking them to the post office.

According to The Nanfang news website, Liang says that same-sex couples have experienced a lot of discrimination when it comes to receiving medical and health services, social welfare, and rights related to the disposal of property, commercial insurance, banking and the purchase of a home.

The 22-year-old, who is gay and regarded as one of Guangdong’s most prominent gay activists, wrote to 100 deputies last year but didn’t get any response and thus decided to increase the number of letters.

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