Three Chilean couples are suing their government for the right to marry in international court, the group MovilH announced on Monday.
This is the first case of its kind in the Inter-American judicial system–but it’s likely not the last. Esteban Paulón, the head of the LGBT Federation of Argentina, told me this week that a Paraguayan couple who wed in the country earlier this year are also preparing to take their case to the Inter-American Commission.
The Chileans are taking their case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights after unsuccessfully suing for the right to marry in their country’s courts. On April 4, the Chilean Supreme Court unanimously rejected the couples’ claims.
The couples contend that the ban on gay marriage is a violation of several articles of the American Convention on Human Rights, including a clause that guarantees the “free and plain exercise to all people in [a state’s] jurisdiction, without discrimination” all “recognized rights and liberties.”
Two of the couples have married abroad–one in Argentina, the other in Canada–and are suing to have their marriages recognized.