"Stephen", one of the two lions in rainbow colors to show support for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, is newly displayed at HSBC's main branch in Hong Kong, China December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip - RTSV0JS

In 2014, Hong Kong immigration officer Leung Chun-kwong married his partner of about a decade in New Zealand, where same-sex marriage had become legal the previous year. On Friday, a High Court judge in Hong Kong, which doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, said that Leung’s husband was entitled to the same benefits available to the spouses of heterosexual employees of the civil service, the South China Morning Post reported over the weekend.
The judge disagreed with the civil services’ stance that extending the benefits would undermine the integrity of marriage in Hong Kong, the Post reported. A lawyer for Leung said the decision was a major one—an instance of “rare judicial recognition” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the city.
Hong Kong hasn’t exactly been a beacon on that front in Asia. Although same-sex relations are legal, same-sex partners aren’t allowed dependent visas to accompany their spouses and their relationships …
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