Thirteen same-sex couples are suing Japan's first lawsuits against the constitutionality of the country's same-sex marriage.

The Valentine's Day lawsuits, due to be filed on Thursday in Tokyo and other courts across the country, argue that the law violates the equal marriage couple. They want the government to follow the example of many other nations to ensure marital freedom.

Ten Japanese communities have issued "partnership" orders for same-sex couples, among other things, to make it easier for them to rent apartments together, but they are not legally binding.

Many LGBT people hide their sexuality and are prejudiced at home, at school or in the workplace.

The barriers are even worse for transgender people who face additional difficulties, including the requirement that they need to be sterilized to marry someone of the same birth line.

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