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Gay couple fights back after Ecuador refuses marriage application

Gay couple fights back after Ecuador refuses marriage application

A rejection from the government will not stop this gay Ecuadorian couple from obtaining a marriage certificate.

Santiago Vinces, 23, and Fernando Saltos, 27, submitted their marriage application on 26 November anticipating the government would reject them.

The couple said last week they would file a counter-suit and take their case to the Inter-American Court for Human Rights should the government not move their marriage application forward.

While Ecuador allows same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, same-sex marriages are still illegal.

Article 67 in the Constitution and Article 81 of the Civil Code both define marriage as between a man and a woman.

In the official statement released 29 November, the governmental entity responsible for filing the gay couple’s application said: ‘In order to continue with the process, the applicants prior to the celebration of a civil matrimony must fulfill the requirements established by the Constitution.’

Prior to submitting their marriage application to the Civil Registry last week, the couple walked hand-in-hand through several streets in Guayaquil, followed by a procession of friends, attorneys and supports.

According to local news outlets, they are the second known same-sex couple to apply for a marriage certificate in Ecuador.

Pamela Troya y Gabriela Correa applied for a marriage certificate and were rejected on 5 August in Quito.