Argentine Men Are Latin America's First Gay Marrieds

HIV-positive due find gray area in country's laws
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2009 9:47 PM CST
Alex Freyre, right, receives a wedding ring from his partner Jose Maria Di Bello, both HIV positive, during their marriage today in Ushuaia, Argentina.   (Government of Tierra del Fuego)

(Newser) – Rather than wait for Argentina’s top court to rule on their status, two HIV-positive gay men married today in the southern city of Ushuaia, after a special decree from the region’s governor. The nuptials—uniting Alex Freyre, 39, and Jose Maria Di Bello, 41—are a first for Latin America, the BBC reports, noting that the decree takes advantage of a legal loophole: Argentina’s civil code forbids gay marriage, but its constitution contains no opinion.

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