Gay pride events in Latin Amer­ica seek more rights

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Marchers in sev­eral Latin Amer­i­can na­tions in­clud­ing Chile and Mexico pressed for more gay rights Satur­day, with many cel­e­brat­ing the U.S. Supreme Court’s his­toric de­ci­sion al­low­ing same­sex cou­ples to wed.

Chile in Jan­uary passed a law al­low­ing same- sex cou­ples to form civil unions. But for many in the South Amer­i­can na­tion, le­gal mar­riage re­mains the sym­bol of equal rights un­der the law.

Some 50,000 de­mon­stra­tors waved rain­bow ban­ners in San­ti­ago, and called for the cre­ation of a di­ver­sity min­istry in this cul­tur­ally con­ser­va­tive, mostly Ro­man Catholic coun­try.

Ac­tivists also were seek­ing eas­ier tran­si­tion pro­cesses for trans­gen­der peo­ple. In Chile, some­one who un­der­goes a gen­der tran­si­tion has to in­vest heav­ily in a com­pli­cated, two-year le­gal process.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Fri­day that gay mar­riage is a le­gal right in all 50 states. U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama praised the rul­ing as “a vic­tory for Amer­ica.”

In more con­ser­va­tive Peru, where sev­eral thou­sand gay rights de­mon­stra­tors also marched, Catholic Car­di­nal Juan Luis Cipri­ani slammed the U.S. court rul­ing as “tragic.”

“With one vote of a U.S. court peo­ple want to change the way we live around the world. That is colo­nial­ism, im­pe­ri­al­ism worse then eco­nomic im­pe­ri­al­ism,” he fumed.

“The United States is not the (world’s) brain, in charge of how peo­ple live in to­day’s Cipri­ani said Satur­day.

In Mexico City, about 5,000 marchers called for equal rights for gays and les­bians. And they had some­thing to celebrate.

Un­til this month, only Mexico City plus two other states out of 31 had guar­an­teed same-sex mar­riage of­fi­cially.

But a court rul­ing, which was qui­etly is­sued on June 3, says that it is un­con­sti­tu­tional for Mex­i­can states to ban same-sex mar­riage — a de facto le­gal­iza­tion of mar­riage for gay and les­bian cou­ples.

In May, Ire­land be­came the first coun­try in the world to vote for same-sex mar­riage in a ref­er­en­dum.



Two men break into a spon­ta­neous dance as they take part in a gay pride pa­rade in Mexico City, Satur­day, June 27.

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