Sexuality

No to gay adoption and gay marriage in China

The China Daily asks Can homosexual adopt children in China?

Legally, the Marriage Law of the People's Republic of China recognizes only families formed by marriage of opposite sex and does not recognize the legality of homosexual families, and the homosexual families are, therefore, not protected by laws.

From the Chinese medical point of view, the China Mental Disorder Classification and Diagnosis Standard classifies homosexuality as sexual obstruction, belonging to psychiatric disease of the kind of sexual psychological barrier.

In terms of the Chinese traditional ethics and customs and habits, homosexuality is an act violating public morality and therefore not recognized by the society. In accordance with the principle that adoption shall not violate social ethics as set forth in the Adoption Law, foreign homosexuals are not allowed to adopt children in China.

Reader Shaan sent this item in, asking if China had not declassified homosexuality as a psychological disorder. Homosexuality was decriminalized in China a few years ago; do any Danwei readers know about the current status of homsexuality as a "psychiatric disease"?

A search of China Daily's website for 'homosexuality' (unlinkable) reveals a plethora of divergent viewpoints on the subject, including the following one:

Rule goes easy on first-time prostitutes

Those who offer sexual service for money due to severe poverty and are caught for the first time will receive a lenient punishment, police in eastern China's Jiangsu Province Thursday said.

Those who offer oral sex and masturbation for a sex client and are caught for the first time will also be lightly punished, they said.

They will be detained for less than five days, and fined less than 500 yuan, according to the police.

Also, in a new regulation published Thursday, Jiangsu authorities have clarified that commercial gay sex will be treated as prostitution...

There are currently 3 Comments for No to gay adoption and gay marriage in China.

Comments on No to gay adoption and gay marriage in China

Homosexuality was no long classified as "psychiartric disorder" by China Mental Disorder Classification and Diagnosis Standard as early as year 2001. The article from China Daily is absolutely misinforming.

Hua's words is right. Homosexuality was no longer classified as "psychiartic disorder" since several years ago. But there seems no law for, or against the homosexual in China.

There are a lot of articles about homosexuality in China through the years at this site: http://www.chinaontv.com
There is also a current documentary "The Snake Boy" about a young gay musician and his life and music career in China. You can watch the streaming video free. Click on "Documentary" tab. Thought your readers might want to know.

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