Wednesday, 30 December 2009

MaltaStar: Gay couple first to marry in South America


Two Argentine men have defied national law to wed in Latin America's first same-sex marriage.

The couple were helped by a provincial governor who ignored a court ruling earlier this month which blocked their plans for marriage.

Alex Freyre, 39, and Jose Maria Di Bello, 41, were married in the southern Argentine city of Ushuaia in a small ceremony.

"We're extremely excited and happy about what this means for all gays and lesbians in Argentina," Mr Di Bello said.

"We weren't going to give up until we married," Mr Freyre added.

The men were granted a marriage licence by a judge in Buenos Aries in November which allowed the couple to wed in the capital.

It contradicts the national policy which continues to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
Mr Freyre and Mr Di Bello - who are both HIV positive - had planned to marry on December 1, World Aids Day.

But a federal judge overturned the wedding decision and ordered it suspended.

The couple travelled to Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego where they were given residency by the governor, who upheld the previous decision allowing them to marry.

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