Bolivian Authorities Approved First Same-Sex Union in the Country

Bolivia’s civil registry authorized for the first time In the country’s history a same-sex civil union after a two-year legal battle, representing a decision that activists hope it will pave the way for an overhaul of Bolivia’s marriage laws.

Bolivia’s civil registry authorized for the first time In the country’s history a same-sex civil union after a two-year legal battle, representing a decision that activists hope it will pave the way for an overhaul of Bolivia’s marriage laws.

Despite considerable opposition from conservative groups, gay marriage has become increasingly accepted in South America, with same-sex couples now allowed to marry in Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay.

According to an El Universal report, David Aruquipa and Guido Montaño were initially denied the right to register their union two years ago by Bolivian authorities, who said that the nation’s laws didn’t allow same-sex marriage.

The couple, together for more than 11 years, took their case to court.  While the Bolivian Constitution still doesn’t contemplate same-sex unions, the couple argued successfully the prohibition violated international human rights standards and constituted discrimination under Bolivian law.


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