After Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay, Ecuador is the latest Latin American country to legalize marriage for all, despite the still strong opposition of a majority of the population. This Monday, August 5, two of the most media activists in the country, Pamela Troya and Gabriela Correa, must get married.
With our correspondent in Quito, Eric Samson
Pamela Troya and her partner did not choose for nothing the date of August 5 to get married. She was still explaining it to the media in early June during a demonstration.
" The fight for marriage for all began six years ago in Ecuador. My partner Gabriela Correa and I launched it on August 5, 2013, when we filed our marriage application with the San Blas Registry, which was rejected but started the fight . "
A third of the population favorable
According to a 2016 survey, one-third of the population supports marriage for all . A majority is still opposed, led by the Catholic Church and especially the evangelists. For the historian Carlos Espinosa, the approval of the marriage for all is legal, but would have deserved another treatment.
" I think it's better for social change to be through democratic dialogue," says the researcher. There it is clear that this is a decision made by an elite who thinks they are right and believes they are above the others. It is always dangerous because it is a form of contempt for public opinion. "
Having taken years to accept her homosexuality, Carla Sandoval wants to give time to time. " We must give society time to adapt otherwise all we will get is massive rejection ."
Especially since the next topics that LGBT + activists want to boost in Ecuador are explosive, starting with abortion in cases of rape and the right to adoption for same-sex couples.