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South Korea Court Refuses to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

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Kim Jho Gwang-Soo and Kim Seung-Hwan are suing for recognition of their marriage in 2013.

A South Korean same-sex couple lost their court case this week to recognize them as married.

Director Kim Jho Gwang-Soo married his partner Kim Seung-Hwan in 2013. When the pair tried to register their marriage with the local authority, they were turned away.

After an 11-month court case, the judge decided that the issue of same-sex marriage would have to be decided by new legislation and rejected the Kims' claim.

The couple's lawyer, Ryu Min-Hee, told Agence France-Presse she and the Kims haven't given up. "We're disappointed, but we're not done yet."

Kim Jho Gwang-Soo has directed Two Weddings and a Funeral and the short "Boy Meets Boy."

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