This week read about the LGBT community winning rights in Bhutan, and a couple in Bolivia who fought for their rights and won.

 Bhutan Votes to Decriminalize Gay Sex

Bhutan voted to change a law that effectively outlawed gay sex, basically decriminalizing sexual relations between same-sex partners within the Himalayan country, the New York Times reported.

The Bhutan government voted to edit a line on “unnatural sex,” according to the Penal Code of Bhutan. The offense for “unnatural sex” is a petty misdemeanor. Even though the law did not mention same-sex partners, it was nevertheless meant to be used against the LGBT community.

“A defendant shall be guilty of the offense of unnatural sex, if the defendant engages in sodomy or any other sexual conduct that is against the order of nature,” the line reads.

If the amendment is successful, an added sentence will exclude “homosexuality between adults” from “unnatural sex,” Tashi Tsheten, a founding member of Rainbow Bhutan advocacy group, said in The Times’ reporting.

The amendment still requires the approval of the king, The Times reported.

 

 

First Same-Sex Marriage Takes Place in Bolivia

Bolivia

    David Aruquipa and Guido Montaño. Photo via Facebook.

The Civil Registry of Bolivia authorized the nation's first same-sex marriage, Reuters reported.

The couple has been in a two-year legal battle to approve their union, Reuters reported. The couple was first denied registry in 2018 and were finally able to marry last week.

David Aruquipa, 48, and Guido Montaño, 45, argued the denial of their marriage violates international human rights standards and is discriminatory under Bolivian law, Reuters reported.

The couple has been together for over 11 years. Aruquipa is a businessman and LGBT activist and Montaño is a lawyer, Reuters reported.

Latin America is developing into a safe haven for same-sex unions, Reuters reported. Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and parts of Mexico currently allow gay marriage, despite the hostility of religious groups. 


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