Nintendo recognises same-sex marriage despite still being illegal in Japan


As if we needed another reason to love Nintendo. The Japanese gaming giant has defied the law of the land and recognised same-sex marriage in their company manifesto citing its policy to enable employees to “fully realize their talents”


Gaming outlets are reporting on this addition to Nintendo’s Partnership System¬†which¬†last year revised their “internal regulations regarding harassment to clearly prohibit discriminatory comments based on sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as disclosing someone’s privately held sexual orientation against their will”.


The Tokyo government, which locally manages the capital’s prefecture, became the 9th of Japan’s 47 prefectures in June to pass legislation which recognises same-sex partnerships but that doesn’t offer the same rights and protections as a legal marriage. Nintendo obviously felt this wasn’t enough and took matters into their own hands.¬†


The Partnership System¬†at the Japanese company has a lengthy manifesto and stated: “We notified our employees about the issue of gender diversity with a message from our President as a means of raising awareness of what diversity means. In this message, the President called for all employees to adopt a renewed understanding that even speech and actions, which are not intended to harm, can cause significant emotional pain, asking for understanding and support to create an environment in which everyone can work comfortably.”


Nintendo concluded saying: “By improving our company systems and conducting training, we will continue our work to create an environment where each of our many diverse employees can fully realize their talents.”


Eagle-eyed GLUE readers will notice that we reported on this a full year ago¬†but new outlets are only just picking up on it now. What can we say? We’re just ahead of the GAYME!


In the meantime, here’s the trailer for the long awaited Nintendo Switch exclusive Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope which had its brand new trailer released recently and comes out October 20.¬†