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Kissathon staged in Peru calls for equal rights

Posted in: International News
By Daily News staff - 14th February 2017

Hundreds of people have staged a ‘kissathon’ in Peru to call for equal rights for same-sex couples.

A call to action was made through social media for couples to simultaneously engage in prolonged kisses in the country’s capital, Lima.

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Peru however recently a court ruled in favour of Peruvian activist Oscar Ugarteche, who sued for his marriage to his partner - which took place in Mexico - to be recognised in his home country.

In 2016, nine people were killed in the country because of their gender or sexuality, however anti-LGBTI hate crimes are not considered as such in Peru as they are not recognised in the criminal code.

The ‘kissathon’ has been criticised by the conservative sectors of Peruvian society, including the Catholic Church.

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