"A South Korean court has for the first time recognised the rights of a
same-sex couple in the country.
In a landmark ruling, the Seoul High Court found a government health insurer
did owe coverage to the spouse of a customer after the firm withdrew it when it
found out the pair were gay.
The men had held a wedding ceremony in 2019, but same-sex marriage is not
recognised in South Korea.
Activists say the ruling is a leap forward for LGBT rights in the country.
However, the case will be challenged in the Supreme Court.
The plaintiff, So Seong-wook said he welcomed the ruling and "recognition of a
very obvious right that has not been given".
In 2021, he sued the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) after being
denied coverage on his partner Kim Yongmin's plan.
The couple had been granted coverage at first, but this was then revoked as the
NHIS said they had made a mistake in granting it to the same-sex couple.
Celebrating the ruling, Mr So praised the court for seeing "the principle of
equality as an important issue".
"I think it has a great meaning for LGBTQ people who have been in a
discriminatory situation, those who support them and all those who are
discriminated against," he told the BBC.
The Seoul High Court overturned a lower court's verdict. It found spousal
coverage under the NHIS extended to not just families as defined by law."
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