Chile’s Constitutional Tribunal has rejected an appeal to the denial of marriage licences to same-sex couples by Civil Registry officials.
But an overwhelming majority of judges rejected the notion that same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Only one of the 10 judges who heard the case was in favour of the appeal.
Five of the judges supported the concept of same-sex marriage, but four of these thought Congress, not the courts, was the correct place to settle the issue.
Another three judges ruled that the Registry’s actions were in accordance with the law as it stood but left the door open for future challenges.
Only two of the 10 judges who heard the case ruled that same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
The case was brought on behalf three same-sex couples and Chilean gay and lesbian rights group Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation.