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Ecuador Celebrates International Pride Month With Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage

By Danielle Dorsey

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On Wednesday, five of nine judges in Ecuador’s top court ruled in favor of two gay couples who sued after their marriages were denied by the country’s civil registry. This is another victory in a landmark week for LGBTQ+ rights that included Botswana’s decriminalization of homosexual sex acts and Bhutan taking steps to pass similar legislation.

This move towards equality makes the South American nation the 27th country to allow same-sex marriages. The progress in Botswana and Bhutan has effectively lowered the number of nations where same-sex relations are illegal to 68.

Mathias Wasik, director of programs at international LGBT rights group All Out told Reuters that “the victories we’ve witnessed in the last couple of weeks will improve the lives of millions of LGBT+ people around the world. We’re witnessing an important moment in history as these victories will send out positive shockwaves across the world and inspire more activists to continue their fight for LGBT+ rights.”

The Catholic church is incredibly influential in Ecuador and it was the conservative Christian group the Life and Family Movement that led much of the opposition to same-sex marriage.

LGBTQ+ communities throughout Ecuador and Latin America are celebrating this victory. “After a fight of almost 20 years, gay marriage has been achieved,” Diane Rodriguez, the first trans woman elected to Ecuador’s National Assembly said. “It gives us a guiding light for many other proposals on human rights.”

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