Panama Should Uphold the Rights of Same-Sex Couples

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10/02/220

This is an important day for same-sex couples. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will, for the first time, hold a public hearing on the question of marriage equality in Panama. This means that advocates will have a chance to make their case before a regional body on how depriving same-sex couples of equal access to marriage infringes on their human rights. Some same-sex couples in Panama have been waiting years for the government to recognize their relationships. In October 2016, Enrique Jelenszky filed the first petition for the country’s Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional part of article 26 of Panama’s Family Code defining marriage as “between a man and a woman.” Jelenszky, a Panamanian citizen, had married his husband under British law and tried to register his marriage in Panama. The National Civil Registry Department denied the request.

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