Saturday, March 4, 2023

Panama's Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriages

The Panamanian Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is not a human right and the country therefore does not have to recognize such unions, according to a judgment.

The high court of the Central American country ruled the phrase “between a man and a woman” in Article 26 of Panama’s family code is not unconstitutional. The ruling also upholds a provision of a 2015 law that states “marriage between individuals of the same sex is prohibited.”

The court finally concluded “the norms that provide that marriage should be voluntarily arranged between a man and a woman who are legally able to join to make and share a life together, and those that concomitantly prohibit people of the same sex from each other are objectively and reasonably justified in the general interest of giving precedence to those unions with the potential of establishing families, giving continuity to the human race and, therefore, to society.”

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 2018 published a landmark ruling that recognizes same-sex marriage and transgender rights in the Western Hemisphere. However, this is clearly a ruling that has the intention to not only deny our human rights, but it is an activist-type of ruling if you think about it.

Bad news...

Views on same-sex marriage in Latin America by Pew Research Center

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