Love will always find a way. In November, Administrative Judge Gabriela Seijas ordered the Buenos Aires civil registry to allow Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre to get a marriage license, saying “the law should treat everybody with the same respect, regardless of their singularities, without the need to understanding and regulating them.” That decision was suspended, however, by a higher-level judge.
Luckily for Di Bello & Freyre, the Argentine constitution is silent on any sex mix requirement for couples wishing to marry, leaving the matter to the cities and provinces. Tierra del Fuego, as it turns out, has an equality-minded governor.
Tierra del Fuego Gov. Fabiana Rios said in a statement that gay marriage “is an important advance in human rights and social inclusion and we are very happy that this has happened in our state.”
An official representing the federal government’s antidiscrimination agency, Claudio Morgado, attended the wedding in the city of Ushauaia and called the occasion “historic.”
Although Mexico City’s Legislative Assembly passed marriage equality legislation on December 21, the law hasn’t yet gone into effect. Thus, Di Bello & Freyre are the first same-sex couple to legally wed in Latin America, and Ushauaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina became the host of this historic event.