Same-sex marriage approved by Ecuador's top court
Ecuador's highest court has approved same-sex marriage in a landmark ruling in the traditionally Catholic country. The vote at the nine-member Constitutional Court came as they ruled on the lawsuits by two same-sex couples who wanted to get married.
Five voted in favour, arguing all people were equal. Four said the issue had to be debated in parliament. In Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay have already legalised same-sex marriage.
The ruling in Ecuador follows a decision by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights which said countries should give same-sex couples the right to marryand comes as other countries in the region debate changing their laws.