Will Bolivia’s First Same-Sex Union Lead to More LGBT Rights?

Guido Montano, left, and his partner, David Aruquipa, kiss during a press conference in La Paz, Bolivia, Dec. 11, 2020 (AP photo by Juan Karita).
Guido Montano, left, and his partner, David Aruquipa, kiss during a press conference in La Paz, Bolivia, Dec. 11, 2020 (AP photo by Juan Karita).
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LA PAZ, Bolivia—“The biggest change is a mental one,” Guido Montano, one half of Bolivia’s first-ever same-sex civil union, told me when I asked him recently how his life had changed since he and his longtime partner, David Aruquipa, won a two-year legal battle to register their union last December. “It may seem a vague idea in day-to-day life,” he said, “but I just immediately sensed that we have more rights.” That vague idea suddenly became much more real in January, when both men contracted COVID-19, forcing them to contemplate a worst-case scenario. “With David really ill, the fact that […]

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