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El Salvador parliament rejects constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Sunday, February 9, 2014

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — The Salvadoran Parliament has again failed in its attempt to approve a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

El-SalvadorOf the 84 members that make up the Parliament, only 19 on Friday voted in favor of ratifying a constitutional amendment adopted on April 25, 2012, months after a first project, voted in 2009 to be shelved, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.

The measure, which cleared the chamber in 2012, defines marriage as between a man and a woman and their children. It also sought to prohibit El Salvador from recognizing the foreign marriages of gay couples and bans gays from adopting children.

A constitutional amendment requires the approval of two consecutive legislatures; a simply majority (43 votes) during the first reading, followed by a super-majority (56).

Having failed ratification, the initiative may not be considered again for six months.

A proposal to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption was rejected twice in 2006, and again in 2009.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. (y) good job!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:02pm
  2. :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:04pm
  3. Leticia Garcilazo look your people!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:06pm
  4. (Y)

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:08pm
  5. I’m so proud of this! Progress little by little!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:08pm
  6. Woohooo!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:15pm
  7. You are to be commended for your stand against hatred and bigotry. Congratulations El Salvador!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:24pm
  8. Way to go people!!!’

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:32pm
  9. ORGULLOSO DE MI PULGARSITO!!!! PROUD OF AMERICA’S LITTLE THUMB!!! edit: we still have a long way to go though…

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:50pm
  10. I’m so happy for my salvadorenian friends and the gay community in El Salvador … A comer pupusas!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:57pm
  11. THANK YOU, EL SALVADOR!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:16am
  12. This is AMAZING! I am so happy to read articles like this. Those who are so against us who are gay are ridiculous. We are not hurting anyone. We are living our lives just like everyone else. There is no reason why we should have to fight for the same right to marry.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:20am
  13. i dont like that country

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:20am
  14. That is good to hear! I hope to visit my mother’s birth country again one day!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:28am
  15. Good for El Salvador!!! They are more progressive and open minded than Indiana!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:58am
  16. Awesome

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:58am
  17. Proud of El Salvador such a liberal country compare to the other central american countries.My Honduras is The only that bans it, we still have a long way to go.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:31am
  18. But they keep on trying over and over. Like our republican congress fools they don’t know when to quit.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:41am
  19. Melvi Alvarado

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:42am
  20. Rosario must be very proud. She’s scrubbing a toilet right now, but she’s still proud.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:50am
  21. During the civil war the death squads murdered gays.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:00am
  22. YES! Un paso a la vez!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 3:33am
  23. Alli vamos alli vamos ya casi

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:10am
  24. That’s awesome!… I love El Salvador!…. <3

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:27am
  25. nice

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10:58am
  26. So proud of all the progress they continue to make!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:33pm