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Argentine Judge Blocks Country's First Same-Sex Marriage


UPDATED: No sooner had I posted about the upcoming wedding, that this bad, yet not surprising news rounded the bend.

An Argentine judge has overturned the ruling that would have allowed the nation's first same-sex marriage: "The official court Web site says national judge Marta Gomez Alsina ordered the wedding blocked until the issue can be resolved by the Supreme Court. Jose Maria Di Bello and his partner Alex Freyre have been planning to wed on Tuesday, based on another judge's ruling. Their attorney says they'll still try to go ahead with the ceremony because they weren't told of Monday's ruling. Attorney Maria Rachid argues that the new ruling should not overturn the original decision to let them wed.

Earlier...First Same-Sex Marriage to Take Place in Argentina Tomorrow...

Alex Freyre (left) told the UK Observer:

"This marriage is bigger than José María and I. It is a victory for all who face prejudice and discrimination across Latin America and the Caribbean. It is proof that at last the grip of the Catholic church is slipping across Latin America, the system that has kept gay communities silent and fearful is crumbling. What is happening on Tuesday is a strike against those attitudes that have repressed sexual rights across this continent for too long."

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  1. Bravo! Alex and José María!

    And Bravo for putting blame where it's due.

    Posted by: David R. | Nov 30, 2009 4:48:29 PM

  2. Buenos suerte to you both! I wish my spanish were such that I could convey how I truly feel for you. Congratulations on your victory and to your future together!

    Posted by: BobStorm | Nov 30, 2009 4:50:53 PM

  3. Maybe I'm just over-thinking it, but it seems like the term "same-sex" perpetuates the illusion that gayness is always all about sex.

    I'd really prefer it if those on "our side" of the so-called debate would refer to "same gender" in order to keep the conversation, like wandering eyes, from traveling down to our private parts.


    Posted by: lane | Nov 30, 2009 5:02:33 PM

  4. Good that the Catholic church is losing its strangehold in Latin America. Sad that this hateful bunch still holds a vise grip on American policy, killing gay marriage in Maine and California (with the help of the Mormons) and now putting a stop to health care reform because of abortion. How did America become such a country of losers? We used to lead the world, now we bring up the rear of human rights.

    Posted by: Brian from Tucson | Nov 30, 2009 5:30:19 PM

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