Court orders Peru to recognize gay marriage

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A court rules Peru government to recognize the first same-sex marriage. The ruling was made by the seventh Constitutional Court in the capital of Lima, following a lawsuit by a gay couple. Oscar Ugarteche Galarza and his Mexican husband Fidel Aroche Reyes live in Mexico City, where marriage is open to same-sex couples. Earlier this week the court published a ruling in Galarza’s favor, in a move which has been hailed as bringing the country one step closer to marriage equality. ‘The court is of the belief that our administration of justice has to be interpreted on the basis of changes to and the needs of our society,’ the ruling read. And thereby, it finds a great part of society speaking out for the legal equality of homosexual couples.’ The ruling was strongly welcomed by the country’s LGBT activists because LGBT rights have never been openly discussed in Peru. As well as many other countries in South America, Peru is rather conservative towards LGBT.

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