Panama has ruled against same-sex marriage, claiming a discriminatory law is constitutional.
Justice Luis Ramón Fábrega, on the Supreme Code, has said the country’s family code that prevents same-sex couples from marrying in the Central American country is not unconstitutional.
However, there is a possibility for National Assembly members to legislate on civil unions.
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‘Equality must be constitutionally guaranteed via the law,’ wrote Fábrega, according to La Estrella.
‘It is incumbent upon the Assembly to pass the necessary laws to comply with the purposes and the exercise of the state’s duties as outlined under the constitution.’
It came after a same-sex couple filed a lawsuit in which they seek formal recognition of their marriage in the UK in Panama. A second lawsuit challenges the provisions of the Panama family code that bans same-sex couples from marrying.
Article 26 of the Family Code currently defines marriage as a ‘voluntary union between man and woman, who come together to make and share a life’.
Panama has no recognition of same-sex couples. In 2008 it became the last Spanish-speaking country in Latin America to abolish historic anti-sodomy laws.
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Gilberto Boutin, dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Panama, claimed marriage equality was a US concept – or an ‘import of gringolandia’.
He also claimed the Ancient Greeks, who he called the ‘parents of homosexuality’, did not allow same-sex marriage.
‘No monotheistic religion accepts homosexuality, neither Christianity, nor Buddhism nor Islam,’ he said.
‘One has to ask, if what is sought is a homosexual movement to replace a secular state with a homosexual state?’
Boutin also told Panamá Americá his opposition to same-sex marriage was based on how no famous gay man in history ever wished to get married.
‘The condition of being gay was to be happy with a hedonistic freedom’, he said.