WATCH: First same-sex couple marries in Ecuador


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A lesbian couple has married in Ecuador’s first same-sex wedding after a landmark court ruling last month.

Michelle Avilés and Alexandra Chávez tied the knot on Thursday (local time) at the civil registry office in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil.

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The couple have been together for four years and told local media they plan to hold a wedding party in November.

During their vows, Alexandra told Michelle: “I promise to love and respect you always.” She replied: “I promise to take care of you and love you for life.”

Last month, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court ruled to allow same-sex marriage in the Andean country.

Judges ruled 5-4 to approve same-sex marriage as they also granted two gay couples the right to marry.

After the ruling, lawyer Christian Paula said, “It means that Ecuador is more egalitarian, … that it recognizes that human rights must be for all people without discrimination.”

Several couples challenged Ecuador’s same-sex marriage ban in court

Activist Freddy Veloz Baez earlier described the court’s ruling last month as “historic”.

“The Constitutional Court has stood on the right side of history,” he said.

“[The judges] recognized that all Ecuadorians deserve the same rights, no matter our sexual orientation or gender identity.

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“This fight started in 2013 and could have never be achieved without all the couples that stood against bigotry and decided to protest the Government’s lack of respect for their dignity and rights as citizens.”

A number of couples and gay rights advocates continually challenged the court to improve LGBTIQ rights in Ecuador.

Because of their persistence, the country now enjoys marriage equality.

Prior to the ruling, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia already recognised same-sex marriage. Therefore the court’s ruling makes Ecuador the fifth country on the continent to allow same-sex marriage.

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