The gay couple fighting for the right to marry in China

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Beijing (CNN)–Sun Wenlin has known he was gay since he was 12.

He came out to parents and friends two years later. Now 27, he met his partner Hu Mingliang, a security guard, in 2014.

Inspired by the 2014 British movie “Pride,” Sun decided the time was right to settle down with Hu, whom he met online.

“After we saw the movie, I asked him, ‘Shall we get married?’ He said: ‘Yes. Let’s.'”

On June, 23, 2015 — their one-year anniversary and three days before the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to extend same-sex marriage rights across all 50 states — the couple went to their local registry office in southern China’s Hunan Province and tried to officially tie the knot.

The registry denied their application, insisting only heterosexual couples could marry.

Furious, Sun sued the registry for refusing their application to marry in December 2015.

To his lawyer Shi Fulong’s surprise, the Changsha Furong District People’s Court accepted the case in early January.

Sun and Hu became the first gay couple in China legally fighting for the right to marry.

The court hearing had been scheduled for Thursday but on Tuesday they were notified it would be delayed. Friends and supporters had already made the journey to Changsha — more than 900 miles (1,500 km) from Beijing.

The court confirmed the case was delayed by declined to give further details. Calls to the registry office went unanswered.

“I just feel too powerless,” Sun said. “They just wanted to drag it out, because no matter what the result would be, they wouldn’t know how to react.”

Sun says he wants the benefits that married heterosexual couples enjoy.

“Even if we were the only gay couple in the world, we should be allowed to marry!” he told CNN.

“It’s the basic human right and I ought to enjoy it.”

Shi, the lawyer, said he isn’t too optimistic about the outcome, but it was significant because put the idea of gay marriage in the spotlight.

Sun, however, is determined to win. He said he would keep appealing if they lost the case.

“If we lost, that means China overtly discriminates against gay people on the legal level.”

China’s current Marriage Law says marriages are based on the free choice of partners, “on monogamy and on equality between man and woman.”

“The law doesn’t say that same-sex marriages are illegal,” Sun argues.

“So I should enjoy the right. It’s just the government doesn’t allow it to happen.”

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