An Incomplete Victory: The Implications of QT v Director of Immigration for the Protection of Gay Rights in Hong Kong

Kai Yeung Wong


QT v Director of Immigration is the most important decision on gay rights in Hong Kong since the unequal ages of consent between heterosexuals and homosexuals were held to be unconstitutional 10 years ago. The Court of Appeal of Hong Kong affirmed the right of same‚Äźsex couples married or in a civil partnership overseas to be treated on an equal basis with married heterosexual couples. This note considers the strengths and shortcomings of the Court of Appeal’s reasoning, in terms of its potential significance both to the rights of sexual minorities and to the wider protection of human rights by means of the common law.

Published September 2018
Frequency Bi-Monthly
Volume 81
Issue 5
Print ISSN 0026-7961
Online ISSN 1468-2230