Freyre, Di Bello expected to wed next monthFriday, November 13, 2009
Macri supports same-sex marriages, won't appeal court ruling
The government of the City of Buenos Aires said it would not appeal a ruling that would pave the way for same-sex marriages in the capital.
Through a statement published on the Internet, City Mayor Mauricio Macri said "this is an important step, because we must learn how to live in freedom without hurting the rights of others.... We must cohabit, and accept this reality. The world is heading toward that direction"
Macri added that the decision was the result "of an important internal debate," through which he wanted to "improve the liberties" of the citizens.
Alex Freyre and José María Di Bello might become the first same-sex couple to get married, following a court ruling authorizing same-sex marriages in the City earlier this week.
In April, a Civil Registry turned down a petition made by Freyre, aged 39, and Di Bello, 41. However, they filed an injunction and a court ruled in their favour earlier this week order on the basis that gender discrimination in unconstitutional. The couple will ask on Monday for a hearing to get married next month.
The ruling of Administrative Judge Gabriela Seijas, said "the law should treat everybody with the same respect, regardless of their singularities, without the need to understanding and regulating them."
The couple said they were "proud and happy" for being "the first same-sex couple who have been backed by the courts," in a ruling that came only days after the Lower House of Congress failed to reach quorum on a law draft to allow homosexual marriages in the country. The law, which would be debated next year, would make Argentina the first country in the region to legalize same-sex marriages.