After several attempts in Buenos Aires cityMonday, December 28, 2009
Ushuaia home to first gay marriage in Latin America
Alex Freyre and José María di Bello got married in Ushuaia and became the first gay marriage in Latin America. The couple had faced a judicial appeal that had stopped them from getting married, due to the Civil Code does not allow marriage between people of the same sex. Finally, they held a private ceremony at a registry office in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego.
The couple had tried to get married before and pursued this attempt on December the 1st, as it is World AIDS Day -they both suffer from AIDS-, but had the ceremony blocked that day. Previously, a Buenos Aires city registry office had denied them the possibility to attend a shift and the couple instantly appealed for legal protection. "We were given, surprisingly, a favor ruling." But obstacles banned them from getting married on December.
After facing several difficulties, they got married in a registry office located at Gobernador Campos Street, in Ushuaia.
"As a couple, we have been dreaming with getting married for a long time," Freyre told the press after the ceremony. They are to return to Ushuaia due to their honeymoon. The couple chose this place because Tierra del Fuego's Governor Fabiana Ríos "is strongly in favor of gay marriage," as the couple stated. And they added: "We were aware of that, she had even signed a project and had made her stance a public one."
The couple will return to Buenos Aires city tomorrow morning, in order to give a press conference.
The head of INADI (National Institution against Xenophobia and Racism) anti-discrimination watchdog, Claudio Morgado, qualified this event as a "historical" one.
Morgado, who was a witness at the wedding together with María Rachid from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Argentine Federation, local INADI institute representative Emilse Conejero and Leonardo Gorvach, San Juan Media Secretary, highlighted that the INADI agency had worked constantly for the celebration to take place. "This is the INADI's main function: to safeguard citizen's rights," he assured.
After the obstacles the couple faced, between the 21st and the 23rd of December six gay couples -three from Córdoba and three from San Luis- appealed for legal protection as part of a national campaign claiming to be able to get married.
Supreme Court of Justice members declared that a request for gay marriage made by two women, María Rachid and Claudia Castro, in 2007 will be solved 1n 2010 as judge Elena Highton de Nolasco told the press.