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Gay couple become first in Latin America to marry

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  1. Great news of course.

    But it’s incredibly annoying and embarrassing that even parts of Latin America have legalised same-sex marriage, yet we in the UK (a supposedly ‘advanced’ country) still have marriage inequality.

    Shame on our government who perpetuate this discrimination.

  2. Congratulations to them both – and I’m glad that they were finally able to marry.

  3. BBC asking more questions:-

    “Are you in Latin America? What is your reaction to the first gay marriage in the region? Do you think it should be legalised, or should the law remain as it is? Send us your comments using the form below.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8433240.stm

  4. David, it’s even more embarrassing (I’d say shameful in the extreme) that not only is it South America but it’s Argentina and it’s Patagonia that shows more decency than UK. Look on the map for Ushuaia, next stop is the South Pole!

  5. jonnielondon 29 Dec 2009, 6:03pm

    Too bad they had the inconvenience of having to travel all the way to the tip of Argentina from “gay-friendly” Buenos Aires.

  6. Jean-Paul Bentham 29 Dec 2009, 6:53pm

    Congratulations to Jose Maria and Alex!

    Equal civil rights are hard to come by…look at Uganda…but your day will come, Great Britain.

    After all, you did put out the Wolfenden Report and got the ball rolling. As a Canadian, I am forever grateful to you for influencing our Prime Minister at the time, Pierre E. Trudeau:

    “The State has no business in the bedrooms of the Nation”.

  7. Hey people, it’s a great step, but it is not yet legal in Argentina. A law is required for everybody to be able to marry. They got it throw a long judicial process and resorted to go to a gay friendly province –and doing the proceeding in secrecy- so they could finally marry. Should the bigots know they were about to do it so, they would resorted to all kind of judicial hurdles to try to stop them, and that is so because there isn’t a law yet. Although I think all this fuss will help the bill to be treated in the parliament.

  8. The UK slips further behind and there is little hope of Stonewall throwing their weight beind a pro marriage equality campaign.

  9. Jean-Paul Bentham 30 Dec 2009, 12:20am

    Tony:

    I’m no better than anybody else, but equal civil rights won,t happen by themselves. Perhaps an advisory committee could be formed, get in touch with “EgaleCanada” (bilingual), and analyze the obstacles one at a time; try to get a global perspective.

    As a Canadian, it is difficult for me to see the UK struggling like this for marriage equality.

    Portugal is due is January!

  10. “Are you in Latin America? What is your reaction to the first gay marriage in the region? Do you think it should be legalised, or should the law remain as it is? Send us your comments using the form below.”

    As I mentioned yesterday, the BBC was asking the questions above on this link:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8433240.stm

    However the questions have been taken off the page, but notice the page timestamp is the same as before:

    Page last updated at 05:12 GMT, Tuesday, 29 December 2009

  11. Congratulations! !Muchas Felicidades!

    In addition, other three couples are already expecting a close decision from Supreme Court in Argentina. Also in December an argentinian couple married in Spain (Cesar Cigliutti and Marcelo Sondheim) has just asked the Argentinian registers to recognised their marriage as they do with heterosexual people…

    Today we can see how the brave decision of president Zapatero in Spain has had a huge influence in Spanish speaking countries, little by little!

    Nobody can stop this process!

    José, from Spain

  12. Bishop Ioan 30 Dec 2009, 12:44pm

    My congratualtions to the happy couple and as they say in Orthodoxy, “Many years!”

    It is truly a shame that England does not have marriage equality. We have it some places in the US but my spouse and I live in Arizona which does not accept our Canadan marriage, and of course until the marriage equality is granted federally, GLBT married couples have no federal rights, so marriage equality is somewhat symbolic.

    Do couples in the UK have all the same rights as civilly married couples? I have never been quite clear on that. Sorry.

  13. Bishop Ioan – yes British civil partners do have the same rights as heterosexual married partners on all issues – fiscal, inheritence etc etc (although Civil Partnerships [CP’s} are not recognised by many other states even within Europe). The gay community here is divided between those that are happy with CP’s, as our rights here are identical to married couples, and those who feel the terminology CP suggests its not quite equal to tradiitonal marriage and the name of the ceremony and marital status should be changed to marriage. Personally I can see both sides of this argument, but on balance support either the full marriage terminology for all or else a new terminology of Civil Union to replace all non-religious marriages

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