Couple is "very happy," witnesses sayWednesday, March 3, 2010
Couple celebrates first gay marriage in the City
After a series of bumps in the road, Damián Ariel Bernath and Jorge Esteban Salazar, a gay couple who had been authorized last week by Judge Elena Liberatori to get married, they finally made history today by celebrating the first gay marriage in the city of Buenos Aires.
Last Friday Judge María del Carmen Gioco had appealed Liberatori's ruling by stating that her decision had to be revoked by the Contentious Administrative Court after she considered it had not made part of the process.
"Attorneys are obligated to follow due process in every case, and to make everyone comply with the law. In this case, the judge denied our unconstitutionality request, and for that reason, the attorney's capability is limited. Hence, the judge understood it was not necessary to communicate her decision to Court," said Florencia Kravetz, the couple's lawyer.
María Rachid, head of the Argentine Federation for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transexuals (FALGBT), confirmed that the couple is now married and witnesses to the ceremony said that they are "very happy," and the city government "will not appeal the decision."