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article imageJudge in Argentina vows not to marry homosexual couples

By Igor I. Solar     Jul 17, 2010 in Politics
Buenos Aires - A Justice of the Peace in Argentina said today that for fear of being "condemned by God," she will refuse to marry same-sex couples who have already begun making appointments to benefit from the new law allowing gay marriages.
Marta Covello, Justice of the Peace of the Province of La Pampa, in central Argentina, insists that "for anything or anyone," she will “jeopardize her arrival to Paradise”, even if she is accused of violating the law and that means losing her job, according to the local newspaper La Arena (in Spanish).
The Argentina Congress approved Thursday a reform of the Civil Code which allows marriage between same sex couples. The legislation followed an intense parliamentary debate that reflected the profound division that exists in the country on this issue. The main objections to the new law came from the Catholic Church.
"They will still be able to get married because the deputy judge will do it. But I can’t because of my Christian principles. It’s in the Bible, God does not approve of that way of life. A gay relationship is a bad thing before the eyes of God, "said Covello."There are people who will condemn me, but I do not care because what I do not want is to be condemned by God. I know that when I die I will start a new life that will never end, it is the eternal life that God has promised me" she said in a statement to a local radio station.
The gay community has angrily rejected the statements of Justice Covello, and announced that if she refuses to marry people of the same sex, she must face criminal charges for failure to fulfil her duty as a public servant.
Political leaders of the city of General Pico, where Marta Covello is Justice of the Peace, submitted a complaint to the National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism in La Pampa province, on the grounds that "the words of the judge are sufficient proof of homophobic discrimination."
Alejandro Lanús, director of the Civil Registry of Buenos Aires, said that "whoever does not fulfil its function will have to resign."
Father Nicolás Allesio, who was banned by the Catholic Church of Argentina from carrying on clerical duties after publicly supporting the same-sex marriage bill, declared that he will perform mass ceremonies and he was even willing to marry homosexual couples, reported The Buenos Aires Herald.
General Pico s main church. General Pico is a city in La Pampa Province  central Argentina.
General Pico's main church. General Pico is a city in La Pampa Province, central Argentina.
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