Updated: Sunday, 24 August 2014 07:01 | By Agence France-Presse

Ecuador to grant same-sex unions ID recognition

President Rafael Correa said Saturday that people in same-sex civil unions now can include their status on national ID cards in Ecuador, where gay marriage is illegal.

Ecuador to grant same-sex unions ID recognition

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa speaks in Guatemala City on August 19, 2014 - by Johan Ordonez

"Gays, lesbians, transgender and transsexual people have the full constitutional right to include their civil union on their ID cards," said Correa, a leftist and economist by training.

Until now, only heterosexual marriages could be listed on the identification document.

"If there was any doubt about heterosexual or same-sex civil unions being put on national ID cards, there is none any more," said the president, who stressed it did not mean same-sex marriage was legal.

"I have never offered to support" same-sex marriage in mostly Roman Catholic Ecuador, as gay rights groups have sought, said Correa, a Catholic himself.

The South American country's constitution currently says marriage is only between a man and a woman, and that only heterosexual couples may adopt.

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