Argentine Men Are Latin America's First Gay Marrieds

HIV-positive due find gray area in country's laws
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2009 9:47 PM CST
Argentine Men Are Latin America's First Gay Marrieds
Alex Freyre, right, receives a wedding ring from his partner Jose Maria Di Bello, both HIV positive, during their marriage today in Ushuaia, Argentina.   (Government of Tierra del Fuego)

Rather than wait for Argentina’s top court to rule on their status, two HIV-positive gay men married today in the southern city of Ushuaia, after a special decree from the region’s governor. The nuptials—uniting Alex Freyre, 39, and Jose Maria Di Bello, 41—are a first for Latin America, the BBC reports, noting that the decree takes advantage of a legal loophole: Argentina’s civil code forbids gay marriage, but its constitution contains no opinion.
(Read more Alex Freyre stories.)

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