17 Nov First Same-Sex Couple to Marry in Argentina
Two Argentinean men are on their way to being the first same-sex couple legally married in Latin America. After being denied a marriage license last April, the two men, José María Di Bello and Alex Freyre, sued and Judge Gabriela Seijas ruled last week that the nation’s same-sex marriage ban violated the constitution. On Monday the two men became the first homosexual couple granted a marriage license in Buenos Aires.
Religious leaders in Argentina quickly denounced the ruling, but the mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, has said the city will not appeal the decision. “We have to live with and accept this reality,” Macri said, “the world is moving in this direction.”
Although the ruling does not set a new precedent, it could have a huge impact on the future of marriage in Argentina. Any couple denied a marriage license in the future may cite this case for support. Additionally, I could drastically impact the movement of a same-sex marriage law currently frozen in the nation’s congress.
If the ruling is left unchallenged, Argentina will be the first country in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage.