Judge puts Latin America’s first gay wedding on hold

Judge puts Latin America’s first gay wedding on hold

Alex Freyre and Jose Maria Di BelloLatin America’s first same-sex marriage, set to be held in Argentina on Tuesday, appeared derailed after a judge filed a last-minute injunction to stop the union until the issue can be reviewed further, CNN reports.

Judge Marta Gomez Alsina’s ruling blocks an earlier holding by another judge that found city laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the court said in a statement.

Alex Freyre and Jose Maria di Bello had planned to make their marriage official at a civil ceremony and chose December 1 because it is World AIDS Day.

The registrar responsible for the civil marriages in Buenos Aires has been notified of the ruling, the court said.

The couple would attempt to get their wedding license anyway, the official Telam news agency reported.

The original ruling was made on November 10 by Judge Gabriela Seijas, who ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage was illegal and ordered the proper authorities to grant the couple a marriage license if they applied for one.

Monday’s ruling was a temporary measure to postpone the marriage until Seijas’ original ruling could be reviewed in depth, presumably by an appeals court or the supreme court, the court statement said.

Full story at CNN.

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