Dec 29, 2007
Quickie Link: New Bolivia Constitution Would Ban Gay Marriage
(Bolivia) - A new constitution for Bolivia approved by the national assembly this month includes a ban on Gay marriage that went virtually undiscussed during the legislative process, La Prensa reports. The document, proposed by President Evo Morales, also includes a provision banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Gay groups welcomed the latter provision, calling it a step forward, but they complained that the constitution offers no legal recognition for Gay couples. Opposition groups have promised a massive effort to defeat the proposed constitution, which still must be approved by referendum some time next fall, because it grants Morales indefinite right to re-election and cedes land rights to the country's indigenous majority.