A court in Uruguay has for the first
time recognized the legal marriage of a gay couple.
Judge Eduardo Martinez recognized on
appeal the legality of a marriage entered into in Spain, where
Socialists legalized marriage equality in 2005.
The binational couple lives in both
Uruguay and Spain, El
Attorney Michelle Suarez, a legal
adviser to the gay rights group Ovejas Negras (Black Sheep),
intervened to represent the couple. She is considered the nation's
first openly transgender person to practice law.
“This ruling turns the jurisprudence
that has existed in Uruguay in the last 40 years,” she told the
The couple now has all the rights and
responsibilities of marriage, Suarez explained.
“This ruling opens a paradox because
a gay couple cannot marry in Uruguay but, for example, they travel
and marry in Argentina that marriage could be legalized in our
country,” she said.
Gay rights group Ovejas Negras
described the ruling as “historic” in a
statement posted on its website.
Currently, Uruguay recognizes gay and
lesbian couples with civil unions. After a couple has lived in a
“stable relationship” for 5 years they may petition the
government for recognition.