World Inter-American Court endorses same-sex marriage

02:07  10 january  2018
02:07  10 january  2018 Source:   afp.com

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The Inter - American Court of Human Rights has ruled that same - sex marriage should be recognized, delivering a verdict binding on most Latin American states -- some of which still hold traditionalist views opposing such unions.

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Protesters participate in a pride parade in Costa Rica in 2016; a ruling from Inter-American Court of Human Rights published Tuesday said homosexual married couples should have the same rights as heterosexual ones under each country's laws © Provided by AFP Protesters participate in a pride parade in Costa Rica in 2016; a ruling from Inter-American Court of Human Rights published Tuesday said homosexual married couples should have the same rights as heterosexual ones under each country's laws

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that same-sex marriage should be recognized, delivering a verdict binding on most Latin American states -- some of which still hold traditionalist views opposing such unions.

The decision, published Tuesday, was in response to a motion lodged by Costa Rica in May 2016.

States that are signatories to the American Convention on Human Rights adopted in 1969 are required to adhere to the court's rulings.

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Inter - American Court endorses same - sex marriage . The ruling from the Costa Rica-based court said homosexual married couples should have the same rights as heterosexual ones existing under each country's laws.

The court reasoned that opposition to same - sex marriage is generally based on religious or philosophical convictions and that these, while The court considered the issue based Costa Rica's 2016 request that it interpret the obligations of Organization of American States [official website]

Several of them already do recognize homosexual marriages, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.

Others, such as Chile and Ecuador, currently recognize same-sex civil unions but not marriages.

And some countries, such as Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru acknowledge neither.

Venezuela, which does not recognize same-sex marriage, has withdrawn from the convention.

The United States and Canada, although part of the Organization of American States that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights is part of, have not ratified the convention, but both accept same-sex marriages.

The ruling from the Costa Rica-based court said homosexual married couples should have the same rights as heterosexual ones existing under each country's laws.

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Same - sex marriage is expected to soon become legal in Costa Rica, following a January 9, 2018 ruling by the Inter - American Court of Human Rights, according to which

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As such, it said it was inadmissible and discriminatory for a separate legal provision to be established just for homosexual marriages.

The court acknowledged that some states would face institutional difficulties in bringing in the right for same-sex couples to marry, noting that often opposition was based on religious criteria.

That reflected the fact that many Latin Americans identify as Catholic.

But the court said that "in democratic societies, there should exist mutually peaceful coexistence between the secular and the religious," with neither interfering with the other.

Costa Rica's legislation does not currently permit same-sex marriage, although there is recognition of economic and property rights for same-sex couples.

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