Guatemala Bans Same-Sex Marriage and Limits Abortion Rights

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Ryan Van Veldhuizen, Editor

The Guatemalan Congress passed a law on March 8, 2022, which denies the right of marriage for same-sex couples. Along with a further penalty for people seeking abortions and doctors who perform the surgeries.

Called the “Protection of Life and Family Law,” it will be a setback from the other countries in the South American region that have progressively been loosening the restrictions of these rights. The law had astonishing support from a majority of the Congresspeople with a 101 to 8 backing for the law. The Guatemalan government is mostly based on conservative Christian ideals and the legislators who consented to the law did so to protect what they believe will benefit the views they want for the country.

“This event is an invitation to unite as Guatemalans to protect life from conception until natural death,” stated the President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei from SFGATE.

The Guatemalan people and some Congresspeople have opposed this law and are protesting against it. They are urging the president to veto the law on the grounds of unconstitutionality. Saying it violates women and LGBTQ rights for not allowing the same opportunities or privileges as others.

“The law stigmatizes people, discriminates and foments intolerance and hate speech and crimes,” said lawmaker Lucrecia Hernández from ABC News.

These types of laws have been going against the years of work progressives have been pushing for to have equality for everyone. Creating more conflict among individuals who believe they can discriminate and those who want to make the world a better place. It’s also very reflective of the recent laws here in America that are being passed to limit women and queer people from having equal access such as the Texas abortion law and the Florida “don’t say gay” bill.