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Judge Allows Lesbian Widow To Marry Stepdaughter

| by Zara Zhi

A judge ruled that a widow and her stepdaughter are allowed to marry in Argentina because they have "the right to be happy."

After a 33-year-old woman’s husband died in October 2010, the widow formed a romantic relationship with his 32-year-old daughter.

The widow was the second wife of the man who died and married him after his first wife of 16 years died in 1999, reports Daily Mail.

It’s unknown how long the two were married before he died or what their age difference was. However, local reports say he was much older than the 33-year-old.

The lesbian couple planned to wed in early December and reserved a wedding location in Rosario, Argentina.

But their plans were put on hold when local authorities shut the wedding down, claiming it was illegal. 

The couple filed a lawsuit and Judge Ricardo Dutto ruled the pair were allowed to be legally wed.

“The Argentinian constitution guarantees all its citizens the right to procure their own happiness, which carries with it the right to be treated with dignity by the laws of the country in all areas of life, including marriage,” stated the 27-page ruling.

The lesbian couple are now making plans for a new wedding ceremony later in December.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Argentina since July 22, 2010, when former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the measure into law.

"In a few years, this debate will be absolutely anachronistic," said Kirchner at the time.

Argentina was the 10th country worldwide to permit gay marriage and the first in Latin America, reports Time magazine.

Despite warnings from officials, several conservative Argentinian judges have refused to preside over same-sex marriages.

"The aggressive action of the Catholic Church during the current debate [in Argentina] has only exacerbated a loathing that already exists within the population towards the Catholic hierarchy," Marcelo Ernesto Ferreyra, the Latin America/Caribbean coordinator for the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, based in Buenos Aires, told Time in an email.

Sources: Daily Mail, Time / Photo credit: TBIT/Visual Hunt

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