After gay wedding went offTuesday, December 1, 2009
Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage
Supreme Court Justice Carlos Fayt said the highest tribunal is currently analyzing a ruling on the possible legalization of same-sex marriages, as the first gay wedding was suspended following an appeals court ruling. The case now awaits a final decision in the hands of the Supreme Court.
Gay activists were demonstrating in Buenos Aires in a move to press the authorities to go forward a law draft to legalize homosexual marriages.
Judge Gabriela Seijas issued a second ruling in favour of the same-sex marriage, thus confirming her first ruling allowing on the legalization of gay marraige.
At a meeting currently being held at the Civil Registry where Alex and José María, two leaders of the gay community, were supposed to get married, the President of the LGBT Argentine Federation that represent the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual communities María Rachid urged the Civil Registry to marry the couple and also proclaimed that "Archbishop Bergoglio's veto must not influence the decisions that the Buenos Aires City government takes", and concluded, "It's been more than 50 years since the Argentine state decided to split from Church and become a secular state."
Alex and José María, two leaders of the gay community, were refused a previous permission to wed today by a Civil Registry in Buenos Aires, after a local court said two articles of the Civil Code that restricted marriages to heterosexuals was unconstitutional. Yesterday, another local court ordered a halt on the wedding, following an injunction presented by a third party.
Legal experts have criticized the ruling saying the issue falls outside local jurisdiction and that it should be decided by the Supreme Court instead.
Justice Fayt today told local media that the court "will rule on the issue," and the ruling "will be treated with the respect proper of the court."
The couple that was expected to get married today announced they would remain at the Civil Registry to demand the legalization of same-sex marriages and that they will only leave the place "being married."