The Argentine LGBT federation (FALGBT) participated with an Amicus Curiae brief in the historic ruling that today nationalized Equal Marriage in that country. Between considerations, the Supereme Court of Justice in that country cited the Argentine precedent and mentioned the involvement of the FALGBT in the cause. Upon having been legalized in 38 states of the country, today’s ruling places the United States as country number 22 in recognizing the equality of all the families in the world.
The Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and trans individuals (FALGBT) expresses its enormous joy before the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, who in a vote of 5 to 4, released a ruling which nationalized Equal Marriage in that country.
Furthermore, it informs that the organization has been participant through an Amicus Curiae brief made by its legal team, led by Dr. Flavia Massenzio.
Those considering the ruling cited the Argentine case in the presentation of an amicus curiae brief before the Supreme Court of the United States pleading for equality before marriage for partners of the same sex. The presentation was argued with previous records of our country such as Law 26.618 of Civil Matrimony, reports from the Centre for Legal and Social Studies and those of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays Bisexuals and Transgenders individuals (FALGBT).
The ruling in question established that states are obligated to concede marriage licences to partners of the same sex under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, that guaranteees equality of all citizens before the law. The argument of the plaintiffs, assured Justice Anthony Kennedy in his ruling, is that they demanded, with full justification, marriage rights, due to their profound respect towards it. “Their wish is not that they be forgiven or that they be left to live excluded from one of the oldest institutions of civilization. They demand equal rights before the law. And the Constitution grants them that right.”
With respect to this, Esteban Paulón, President of the FALGBT said “we are very proud to have been part of this historic ruling that marks a turning point in the history of equality in the United States. Through an Amicus Curiae brief made by our legal team we have contributed important elements considered by the High Court for their decision.”
In relation to the ruling he added “We salute the nation of the United States for that historic victory and we say to them “Welcome to Equality” from our country, the tenth in the world and first in Latin America to guarantee equal rights for all families. This decision adds to that of the Irish nation a little over a month ago, and that of the Mexican Supreme Court, that last week also nationalized equal marriage. Without doubt, we live in moments of broadening rights across all the world and equal marriage is one of the most genuine expresions of that. Today more than ever, we begin to say once again that “Only love, conquers hate”