• Saturday July 24, 2021

Ecuador became the newest country to legalize same-sex marriage

The Constitutional Court in Ecuador ruled in favour of marriage equality yesterday, making it the fifth country in South America to do so. The court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the country’s constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples was discriminatory. The judges said that their decision is binding on the country. The South American country has recognised sexual orientation as a protected characteristic since 1998, making it illegal to discriminate against people for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Ecuador's LGBT rights movement has helped fuel a slate of changes in the country over the last decade. The country in 2008 granted constitutional protection that barred discrimination based on sexual orientation. Ecuador also banned conversion therapy in 2014. The decision to legalise same-sex marriage follows other countries in South America, inclu… read more
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