Gay Lawyer Spearheads Panama Same-Sex Marriage Efforts

LGBTQ Leadership Mission alumnus Evan Wolfson is helping extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in Panama. Wolfson is one of the featured honorees at the A Wider Bridge’s Out of the Bubble on December 6, 2017 in New York.

A gay Panamanian lawyer who once lived in D.C. is leading efforts to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in his country.

Iván Chanis Barahona is working on behalf of a gay couple legally married in the U.K. who is seeking formal recognition of their marriage in Panama. He is also among the lawyers who is litigating a second lawsuit challenging the provision of Panamanian law that bans same-sex couples from marrying.

Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, and Hunter T. Carter of the New York City Bar Association, who works with advocates throughout Latin America who are seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples in their respective countries, are among those who filed amicus briefs in support of the plaintiffs.

Read the full article in the Washington Blade.

In June 2017, A Wider Bridge brought Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign that won marriage in the United States, to Israel. Commenting on winning the fight for marriage equality, Wolfson said. “Since our journey’s been over, I am now mainly engaged in helping people who want to promote other goals and want to share the lessons we learned in this campaign and what they can adopt. Not necessarily in LGBT movements – I also try to help women’s rights, environmental education, resistance to the death penalty, etc.”

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