Mayor refused to endorse weddingThursday, December 3, 2009
Gay couple request Macri be fined for disobeying court ruling
Alejandro Freyre and José María Di Bello, a homosexual couple that is seeking to get married in the City of Buenos Aires, today asked City Judge Gabriela Seijas to fine City Mayor Mauricio Macri for failing to comply with a ruling requesting him to authorize their wedding.
The couple requested that the court set a fine on Macri for each of the days until they are allowed to wed. On Monday, Freyre and Di Bello went to a Civil Registry in the City neighbourhood of Barrio Norte, after Judge Seijas' court ruled that the law barring same-sex marriages was unconstitutional.
Another court ordered the suspension of the wedding only days ahead of the wedding, claiming the issue fell under Federal Jurisdiction. However, Seijas' dismissed such claims and asked the Mayor to confirm her ruling and request the Civil Registry to marry the couple.
Macri refrained to do so, forcing the couple to wait for a decision of the Supreme Court in the matter. The head of the Lesbian, Gay and Trans organization, Gustavo López, also asked the courts to probe Macri on charges of "resisting or disobeying a court ruling." Macri might face up to a year in jail if he is found guilty.