Ecuador legalises same-sex marriage

Ecuador’s highest court legalised same-sex marriage on June 12, ruling in favour of two gay couples who petitioned for the right to wed.

The constitutional court in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, voted five-to-four to approve same-sex marriage in the cases of the two men—thus extending gay marriage across the country.

One of the couples who won the right to wed are Efrain Soria and Javier Benalcazar.

According to AFP, Soria told reporters after the decision: “I want to say hello to Javier, who is in [the city of] Guayaquil. Honey, I love you.”

Soria also urged other LGBT+ people to “enjoy the happiness that comes from being equal, like anyone else.”