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The Argentine Marriage Tango

Timothy Kincaid

December 1st, 2009

gay tangoLast month, Judge Gabriela Seijas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, determined that disallowing gay couples the right to marry was unconstitutional. And as the decision applied only to one couple and only in Buenos Aires, once the mayor chose not to object it seemed like the marriage would occur.

So Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre scheduled today to be their wedding day.

But yesterday, Judge Marta Gomez Alsina, acting on the objection of a third party, put a hold on the wedding stating that the decision should be reviewed by the supreme court.

Today the couple showed up at the Civil Registry arguing that they had not been notified of the hold and that Alsina could not overturn the decision because she is not an appellate judge. Judge Seijas reconfirmed her decision to authorize the ceremony. But the registry did not allow the marriage to occur.

It now appears that the issue will be addressed by the Supreme Court (Buenos Aires Herald):

Supreme Court Justice Carlos Fayt said the highest tribunal is currently analyzing a ruling on the possible legalization of same-sex marriages, as the first gay wedding, scheduled for today, was suspended following an appeals court ruling. The case now awaits a final decision in the hands of the Supreme Court.

The complexities of Argentine law are beyond by knowledge base and cultural and language barriers leave this as unfamiliar as the Argentine Tango. But if I understand correctly, like the Tango there will be a lot of kicking followed by a long proud stride forward.



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Rule of law isn’t exactly Argentina’s forte.. Something tells me this has no business being held up but they’re winging it anyway.

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Watch the Supreme Court rule that anti same-sex marriage laws are unconstitutional and enact marriage equality for the entire country!

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