Marriage Equality in Paraguay

Equal marriage has historically been one of the most significant conquests for the community in several countries. According to one of the Yogyakarta principles (Principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity) "(...) Everyone has the right to found a family, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Families exist in diverse forms. No family may be subjected to discrimination on the basis of the sexual orientation or gender identity of any of its members".

Why equal marriage is a right?

In the legal framework, marriage is an institution that provides legitimacy and protection to the people who contract it. Couples with official recognition can access to social security, medical care, hospital visits, job permissions, inheritance in the event of the death of the spouse, housing loans, migratory rights and much more. Sexual orientation and gender identity must not be an impediment to access these basic rights.

It is correct to talk about "gay marriage" or "civil unions"? No, it is not. Nor do we talk about "heterosexual marriage." It is equal marriage or just marriage, because we seek full equality before the law. On the other hand, the "civil union" is a figure that continues to reproduce discrimination by establishing a lower category for people considered in the same way. In SOMOSGAY our fight is for everything. For full and equal rights.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico City (there is no federal law, but marriage has been regulated), Colombia and Ecuador are the countries that recognize equal marriage. Worldwide, South Africa, Canada, the United States of America, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Despite the fact that in 2018 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), after an advisory opinion, urged the other countries of the region to take action and ensure this right, our country still does not legalize it.

From SOMOSGAY we unite efforts so that soon this reality will change in favor of LGBTI+ couples and families. We are certain that history is on our side and that equal marriage will be an inevitable advance, as is the passage of time.