facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Chilean group seeks same-sex marriage

Sept. 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM   |   Comments

SANTIAGO, Chile, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Chile's prohibition of same-sex marriage has prompted a lawsuit by the country's leading advocate for gay rights, a spokesman for the group said.

Chile's Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation charges in the suit that barring gay marriage violates several parts of the American Convention of Human Rights, the Santiago Times reported.

Alberto Roa, general secretary of the group, said the lawsuit is the first of its kind and was presented to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.

The commission obliges states to "respect every recognized right and liberty" and to "guarantee them to every person subject to its jurisdiction, without discrimination," Roa said.

"We are demanding the legalization of marriage and civil union, not just because we all want to get married," he said. "This is a matter of equality for us."

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys Ciro Colombara and Hunter T. Carter, a former aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Poll: Voters don't like Republicans but will vote for them Poll: Voters don't like Republicans but will vote for them
2
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
3
Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son
4
Occupy Wall Street celebrates 3-year anniversary by forgiving $4 million of student debt Occupy Wall Street celebrates 3-year anniversary by forgiving $4 million of student debt
5
Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback