Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Court Ruling Requires 20 Countries to Recognizes Marriage, Trans Rights In the Americas

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights [in Costa Rica] on Jan. 9, 2018, issued a landmark ruling. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The Washington Blade reports:

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Tuesday [Jan. 9, 2018] issued a landmark ruling that recognizes same-sex marriage and transgender rights in the Western Hemisphere.
The seven judges who issued the ruling stated governments “must recognize and guarantee all the rights that are derived from a family bond between people of the same sex.” Six of the seven judges also agreed that it is necessary for governments “to guarantee access to all existing forms of domestic legal systems, including the right to marriage, in order to ensure the protection of all the rights of families formed by same-sex couples without discrimination.”

The ruling says the Costa Rican government must allow trans people to legally change their name and gender marker on official documents.

The Organization of American States created the Costa Rica-based court in 1979 in order to enforce provisions of the American Convention on Human Rights. Tuesday’s ruling is legally binding in Costa Rica and 19 other countries — Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay — throughout the Americas that currently recognize the convention.

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