As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month during June, Ecuador’s highest court approved same-sex marriage in a landmark ruling yesterday.
In a 5:4 vote, the Constitutional Court approved same sex marriages in a closed hearing.
The conservative country joins a handful of other Latin American countries to recognize gay marriage.
“It means that Ecuador is more egalitarian, it is more just than yesterday, that it recognizes that human rights must be for all people without discrimination,” said lawyer Christian Paula of the Patka Foundation, which provides legal advice for around 10 same-sex couples seeking to marry in the country.
The four dissenting judges argued that in order to recognize same-sex marriage, constitutional reform would have to be debated in the National Assembly.
Ecuador has recognized de-facto civil unions for same-sex couples since 2015.
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