Red LGBTI Ecuador, a group dedicated to promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, transgender, and intersex Ecuadorians, has launched their “Equal Marriage For All” campaign, in an effort to secure the right of same-sex couples to acquire a marriage license in that state.
The campaign started on August 5, 2013, when political activist Pamela Troyo and partner Gabriela Correa presented the paperwork necessary to obtain a marriage license in the city of Quito, Ecuador. Their request was denied by city officials, but sparked the beginning of a national campaign that sent another gay couple to apply for a marriage license in Ecuador, this time in the city of Guayaquil.
Santiago Vinces, 23, and Fernando Saltos, 27, applied for a marriage license at the Civil Registry in Guayaquil on November 26, after a walk down the streets of the city holding hands; they were accompanied by a group of supporters, colleagues, and friends.
Articles 67 and 81 in the Ecuadorian Constitution currently define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, a barrier LGBTI activists will have to face in their campaign for equal marriage rights.
“In order to continue with the process, the applicants prior to the celebration of a civil matrimony must fulfill the requirements established by the Constitution,” reads an official statement, released by the officials responsible for processing the gay couples’ application, according to Gay Star News.
Since their marriage application has been denied, the couple has stated that they will file a counter suit and take their case to the Inter-American Court for Human Rights, seeking equal rights for all citizens of Ecuador, regardless of their sexual orientation.