An Argentine judge has nullified Latin America's first gay marriage, Spanish news agency EFE reported.

Magistrate Marcos Meillien declared the marriage of Alejandro Freyre, 39, and Jose Maria Di Bello, 41, “nonexistent,” saying Argentine law does not provide for same-sex marriage.

The men were allowed to marry on December 28, 2009 in the state of Tierra del Fuego after Governor Fabiana Rios issued a special decree. The southern city of Ushuaia hosted the wedding, which was originally scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires on December 1 after a judge ruled the government's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, but a national judge ordered a halt to the ceremony at the last minute.

The couple, however, disputed the claim, saying they had not been notified of the ruling.

“We are still happily married, this has been transcended through the media, but we are not notified and the civil registration of Ushuaia is not notified either,” Di Bello told local media. “If this were so, if indeed we receive this notification, we will immediately talk to our legal teams, and we will appeal the ruling.”

Two additional gay couples have married in Argentina in recent months.

Opponents of gay marriage, including the Roman Catholic Church, called the marriage illegal since the country bans such unions. However, the Argentine Constitution is quiet on the issue.

Several municipalities, including Buenos Aires, recognize gay couples with civil unions. Lawmakers in the Argentine Congress are currently debating a gay marriage bill. If approved, Argentina would become the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage and only the second country in the Americas, after Canada.

Mexico City became the first Latin American municipality to legalize gay marriage in March.