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In Argentina, Buenos Aires allows same-sex marriages for tourists

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The long-awaited change to Argentina's Same-Sex Marriage Act has finally been enacted by the City of Buenos Aires to allow visitors to get married in this city.

The Buenos Aires City Government will permit foreigners who are just visiting Argentina to get married -- with either opposite-sex or same-sex partners -- within five days of a request to the Civil Registry and only requiring a temporary address.

The measure was implemented by request of Mayor Mauricio Macri and was formally adopted in resolution 99.

“Law 26618 guarantees the right to start a family, and no kind of discriminatory rule can be used as an obstacle. Any female or male foreigner, regardless of their sexual orientation that enters, lives in, or visits Argentina will be able to get married according to the law, and nationality will not be considered as an obstacle in the process,'' a city government official said.

The possibility of foreigners getting married is based on Articles 14 and 20 of the National Constitution, on law 25781 (Migrations), 26618 (Civil matrimony) and decrees 660/11 and 660/12 passed on May 16, 2012.

Foreigners wishing to get married in the city will need a certified copy of their passports, which will have to indicate a temporary Buenos Aires address and duration of the stay. To speed up the process of bureaucratic paperwork, visitors may be well-advised to hire a local lawyer who understands the procedure. This may be necessary to receive the approval for the marriage and hold the ceremony during a short visit to Argentina.

Now, LGBT tourists visiting Buenos Aires can tie the knot in the city, enjoy their honeymoon in the Paris of South America, and return home with a marriage certificate.

Buenos Aires province and the City of Rosario already allow foreigners to hold same-sex marriages. Argentina's Same-Sex Marriage Act was enacted into federal law in July 2010.

Roy Heale, a freelance writer who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is SDGLN's South America contributor. He writes about LGBT issues from the Latin American continent. To read more stories by Roy Heale, visit his website.