Feel the Homomentum!

by Shaker laguiri

Álex Freyre y José María Di Bello, from Argentina, are since yesterday the first gay married couple in South America. A judge, Gabriela Seijas, authorised them to marry in November, declaring the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

They wanted to get married on December 1st, in the context of acts of AIDS remembrance and awareness as they are both HIV-positive, but, in the last moment, another judge stopped their union. The reason was that the first judge did not have the authority to rule on matters of civil rights as her jurisdiction is limited to administrative cases. The whole case was then halted and sent to the Supreme Court to decide, but things accelerated when the Governor of the Tierra de Fuego province explicitly allowed Álex and José María to marry there.

I don't think it is a coincidence that both the first judge and the governor are women, who both probably know a little something about fighting for equality.

The main LGBT Organisation of Argentina considers that in 2010, Congress should declare same-sex marriage legal in order to bring justice and avoid similar cases of legal confusion. The Union of Catholic Lawyers says that the marriage is null and void because the Civil Code says that weddings must be celebrated in the couple's city of residence, and in this case they moved from Buenos Aires to the other end of the country.

Look here:

See Ushuaia? Gay marriage has reached the end of the world.

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