Peru Court Recognizes Legal Marriage of Lesbian Couple

A Peruvian court has ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who sued the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status for refusing to register their marriage, which took place in Miami.

Susel Paredes and Gracia María Aljovín were married in a civil ceremony in Florida in August 2016 and tried to have that legal union entered into the civil registry in Peru. But local authorities refused, based on  Article 234 of Peru’s Civil Code, which defines “Marriage” as a union voluntarily entered into by a male and a woman.

The Superior Justice Court of the 11th Constitutional branch ruled that since the couple was married abroad, and Peru’s Constitution does not expressly or tacitly restrict marriage between persons of the same sex, the legal criteria must redound to international norms set by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

The 18-page decision went on to cite a 2017 advisory opinion by the Inter-American Court that member states must respect and protect family bonds “that may derive from a relationship of a same-sex couple.” Read more via Peruvian Times