Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri on Friday moved to allow a gay couple to get married in the city.
In a video published simultaneously on his YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages, Macri said his government would not appeal a court order that allowed for gay marriage. The order, issued earlier in the week by Judge Gabriela Seijas, declared that two articles in the city’s civil code were unconstitutional. The ruling sets a new legal precedent in Latin America that allows for same-sex marriage, according to the city government.
Judge Seijas issued the ruling after a gay couple, Alex Freyre and José María Di Bello, asked the court to approve their marriage.
“We’ve decided not to appeal the ruling,” Macri said. “I feel this is a step forward. What we have to do here is learn to live freely without impinging upon the rights of others. This case is about allowing people to be happy based on their own decisions. We have to live together, accept this reality and realize that the world is moving in this direction. I’m happy that the government is not going to appeal this and I hope they will be happy together.”
Macri’s decision comes as some members of the Argentine Congress are pushing a bill that would allow for same-sex marriage nationwide.