Ecuador Becomes Sixth Latin American Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

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QUITO, ECUADOR — Crowd of people participating in Gay Pride parade (Fotos593 / Shutterstock.com).

Ecuador became the sixth Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage on June 12 after a decision by the country’s Constitutional Court. The landmark decisions comes on the heels of a long legal battle by two same-sex couples and gay rights activists.

In a 5-4 ruling, Ecuador’s top court ruled in favor of two gay couples who had sued for their right to marry. Ecuador’s civil registry had denied couples that right, Reuters reported.

Five judges ruled that Quito’s marriage legislation was discriminatory and unconstitutional, while the dissenting judges argued that it was a decision for the government and not the court. CNN reported that the country’s National Assembly must officially change the constitution to redefine the institution of marriage.

Efraín Soria, one of the plaintiffs in the case, told the Associated Press (AP) that he…

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