LatAm states to recognise same-sex marriage after court ruling

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has passed down a landmark advisory opinion to member states of the Organisation of American States (OAS), obliging them to formally recognise same-sex marriages and allow transgender people to officially change their name and sex.

LatAm states to recognise same-sex marriage after court ruling The Organization of American States building in Washington, DC (Credit: flickr/Cliff)

The Costa Rica-based court, the human rights arm of the OAS, ruled on 9 January that same-sex marriages must enjoy the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts under each country’s existing marriage laws, and held that establishing an entirely different legal framework for same-sex marriages would be discriminatory.

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