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Same-Sex Unions to Get ID Recognition in Ecuador

by Kathy Jones on  August 24, 2014 at 8:01 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
People in same-sex civil unions can now include their status on national ID cards in Ecuador, President Rafael Correa said on Saturday.
 Same-Sex Unions to Get ID Recognition in Ecuador
Same-Sex Unions to Get ID Recognition in Ecuador
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"Gays, lesbians, transgender and transsexual people have the full constitutional right to include their civil union on their ID cards," said Correa, a leftist and economist by training.

Until now, only heterosexual marriages could be listed on the identification document.

"If there was any doubt about heterosexual or same-sex civil unions being put on national ID cards, there is none any more," said the president, who stressed it did not mean same-sex marriage was legal.

"I have never offered to support" same-sex marriage in mostly Roman Catholic Ecuador, as gay rights groups have sought, said Correa, a Catholic himself.

The South American country's constitution currently says marriage is only between a man and a woman, and that only heterosexual couples may adopt.

Source: AFP

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