Panamanian LGBTQ Groups Urge Presidential Candidates to Support Same-Sex Marriage

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03/10/2024

Several LGBTQ groups in Panama asked presidential candidates on Thursday to commit to recognizing same-sex marriage, which was rejected a year ago by the Panamanian justice system. About fifteen groups are seeking for the candidates to sign a pact on March 27 in which they also commit to promoting laws against discrimination towards members of the LGBTQ community. These groups intend for the future Panamanian government to comply with the advisory opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which in January 2018 determined that homosexual couples have the same rights as heterosexual ones. The next president “could simply say that Panama is going to assume the advisory opinion (of the Inter-American Court) and allow equal marriage,” Samirah Almengor of the International Coalition of Women and Families, one of the pact’s organizers, told AFP.

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