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Judge in Argentina Rules Gay Couple Can Marry


A judge in Argentina has reportedly ruled that Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre can marry, Reuters reports:

"An Argentine judge has granted a homosexual couple permission to get married, setting a precedent that could pave the way for the Catholic country to become the first in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage. This week's ruling by Judge Gabriela Seijas in Buenos Aires, which became the region's first city to approve civil unions between same sex couples in 2002, may increase pressure on lawmakers to debate a gay marriage bill currently deadlocked in Congress. 'The law should treat everyone with the same respect according to their singularities, without the need to understand or regulate them,' Seijas said in her ruling, which could still be overturned by city authorities. The couple, Alex Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello, said in a statement posted on a gay rights Internet site that the decision would allow them to become 'the first gay couple in Latin America to get the right to marry.'"

Watch a video (in Spanish) of Di Bello and Freyre shot in April, after the couple's application to marry was rejected, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Derrick from Philly won't be online today. He's just boarded a plane to Argentina.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 13, 2009 10:53:25 AM

  2. Great news!

    Posted by: Marsh | Nov 13, 2009 11:21:13 AM

  3. A new Argentina, the chains of the masses untied

    A new Argentina, the voice of the people
    Cannot be denied

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Nov 13, 2009 11:41:29 AM

  4. Doesn't Uruguay already allow same-sex marriage?

    Regardless, this is great news!

    Posted by: Larry Person | Nov 13, 2009 12:16:37 PM

  5. CRISPY I'll tell Derrick you say hi, I'm off to honeymoon with those two hotties myself. I bet the guy on the right is the top. YUMMMY.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 13, 2009 12:23:53 PM

  6. Doesn't this just mean that they can marry each other, but it doesn't mean others can? Argentina has a civil law system.

    Posted by: Tony | Nov 13, 2009 12:40:58 PM

  7. "...without the need to understand or regulate them,'"

    That's an important statement from that Argentinian judge. I've been arguing for years that too many straight people still don't know what "sexual orientation" means--they still believe we "make a choice". This judge is saying, "so what if you don't understand them, they must still be equal under the law."

    Could that policy (or doctrine) happen in the US?

    Oh, CRISPY and PATRICK, yes, I was on my way south of the border, but we've got a damn noreaster on the east coast (rain and wind like crazy). I only got as far as South of the Border in South Carolina.

    Well, atleast I can get cheap bourbon down here...and damn palmettos everywhere like crazy.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 13, 2009 1:13:17 PM

  8. @Larry: Uruguay only recently adopted civil unions, not marriage.

    Posted by: Bruno | Nov 13, 2009 1:28:25 PM

  9. Mexico City and Buenos Aries (in addition to Uruguay) have also allowed civil unions for a while.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 13, 2009 1:46:47 PM

  10. Looks like they're moving ahead of Maine, California, and most of America.

    Posted by: KFLO | Nov 13, 2009 6:57:04 PM

  11. According to the wikipedia article on same-sex marriage in Argentina, the city government will not appeal the ruling!

    Posted by: Bryan C. | Nov 13, 2009 7:36:38 PM

  12. WOW....if we can have people to represent US like they do in Argentina..This guys are absolutely AMAZING!!! Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful places in the whole World!!

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 14, 2009 10:43:05 AM

  13. Im so happy and proud for my country right now!

    In an unexpected move the city government (which is headed by a man who was said to consider homosexuality a disease and whose rigt wing party refused to discuss the same-sex law in Congress just a week ago) will not appeal the ruling and the first same-sex marriage in Argentina and South America is taking place the 1st of December in Buenos Aires!

    Tony, we do have a civil law system and it's true that this ruling applies for this couple only, but it sets a precedent for future cases and puts pressure on the Congress to pass the same-sex law.

    Posted by: JoaquĆ­n | Nov 14, 2009 12:38:26 PM

  14. I wish we had a wise latina judge like that here. We used to have one, but Obama turned her into a dissenting opinion.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 14, 2009 9:15:27 PM

  15. She dissented for the liberal side. That's good news for us, dumb ass.

    Posted by: Tony | Nov 15, 2009 12:48:03 AM

  16. omg aren't they cute?

    Posted by: Danny | Nov 28, 2010 3:59:28 PM

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