By a vote of five to four, Ecuador's highest court approved same-sex marriage in a landmark ruling in the small and traditionally Catholic country on June 12, AlJazeera.com reported.
Pro-LGBTQ activists celebrated the decision in the capital of Quito as well as the port city of Guayaquil.
Other South American countries that recognize same-sex marriage include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.
Ecuador's current constitution defines marriage as a heterosexual union. The charter, which was ratified in 2008, also bars same-sex couples from adopting children.
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