Hong Kong Diocese has criticized a lawmaker’s proposal to amend a law so that same-sex couples married legally overseas can reclaim the ashes of their deceased partner from a columbaria ā€” a place where urns are stored.

Cyd Ho Sau-lan, a lawmaker from the Labour Party, proposed an amendment to the Private Columbaria Bill on July 6 as the bill only allows “relatives” to retrieve ashes from a columbaria.

Same-sex marriages are not legal in Hong Kong so partners are not recognized as being relatives. The church sees the amendment as a move towards making same sex marriages legal in Hong Kong.

In the amendment, Ho suggested that same-sex spouses married outside Hong Kong should be included in the definition “relative.” READ FULL