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El Salvador’s Gay Marriage Ban Fails

Timothy Kincaid

September 25th, 2009

El Salvador’s governing leftwing Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) voted as a block against amendments to the constitution that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions and adoption of children by same-sex couples. Thus supporters were not able to get the required two thirds to write discrimination into their governing document. (IPS)

During the weeks running up to the vote on Thursday, Catholic and evangelical churches in El Salvador joined forces with rightwing parties to try to push through the constitutional reforms.

Hundreds of Catholics and evangelicals carrying placards with messages like “Marriage is Sacred, Let’s Defend It” marched through the streets of San Salvador on Saturday, Sept. 19 in support of the rightwing opposition bloc in parliament and to press the FMLN to ratify changes to three articles of the constitution.

The church groups held a permanent “prayer chain” and organised more street demonstrations early this week, in the hope that the reforms would be approved in the legislative vote on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Supporters of the reforms said they were defending public morality and the foundations of the family.

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September 25th, 2009 | LINK

So, does that mean there are now 8 countries in the world with legalized gay mrriage?

Lindoro Almaviva
September 25th, 2009 | LINK

No, it means that there is One country where there will be NO constitutional amendment to ban it.

John Ozed
September 26th, 2009 | LINK

Is there a prayer ball and chain ?

Henry
September 26th, 2009 | LINK

Defending public morality and family does not require an amendment. That can be done by reducing divorce, adultery, child abuse, alcolholism, domestic violence, poverty, etc. It is called common sense

Chris McCoy
September 28th, 2009 | LINK

Henry said:

Defending public morality and family does not require an amendment. That can be done by reducing divorce, adultery, child abuse, alcolholism, domestic violence, poverty, etc. It is called common sense

Homosexuals cause all of those problems, right? ;)

Glenn I
September 28th, 2009 | LINK

Nice to hear one of those nemeses of the Reagan era has stood up for the gays now that they’re at last in power. Haven’t you heard we’re re-not-illegal since 2008 in Nicaragua? Anti-gay laws imposed by the Reagan-backed govt were finally repealed there last year.

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