At the time of this post, we have been in Ecuador for 17 days. Within those 17 days, Michelle and I have learned so much about purchasing property in South America, and about orphanages, adoption laws, and of course the Ecuadorean culture. We enjoyed being in the country of Ecuador and we love everyone we have met during our travels here.
Within all the good, we were very sad to learn that Ecuador does not allow gay marriage to be legal, but they do have Civil Union rights. We hope they will work towards legalizing same-sex marriage in the future. Due to their Civil Union laws, only one person in a same-sex relationship can adopt a child. That means the other person in the relationship would not get rights to their own child.
If we were to adopt a child (and we want to adopt many children), and help other same-sex couples adopt children, only one parent could legally be the parent in Ecuador. So, if the parent who had legal rights died in an accident or something, the child could be taken by social services and have to go back to their orphanage even though the other parent is still alive, healthy, and capable of loving their child.
Also, if a same-sex couple adopted a child under Civil Union laws (with only one couple having rights), and social services found out that the person who adopted the child is living with their same-sex partner and the child, the child can be taken away too. In other words, you can be gay and have Civil Union rights here, but it is illegal to be in a same-sex relationship and have a child.
Apparently, in Ecuador, and other countries with Civil Union rights, it is common to find that if you are a straight couple (male and female) you can adopt, if you are a straight single person you can adopt, AND if you are a single gay person you can also adopt. But if you are a gay committed couple then you cannot adopt. This was a very important piece of information we did not know about before coming here.
THIS IS WHY WE FIND IT SO IMPORTANT TO VISIT A COUNTRY BEFORE BELIEVING WHAT YOU HEAR ONLINE BECAUSE A LOT OF INFORMATION ONLINE IS NOT 100% ACCURATE.
Unfortunately, Ecuador is not a great match for us at this time.
WE WANT TO HELP ALL ORPHANED AND ABANDONED CHILDREN AT THE BOARDING SCHOOL WE BUILD. WE WANT ALL OUR CHILDREN TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO BE LOVED BY ALL PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO GIVE THEM LOVE, REGARDLESS IF THEY ARE FROM THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY, OR IF THEY ARE SINGLE, OR IF THEY ARE STRAIGHT. WE BELIEVE THAT ALL CHILDREN DESERVE AND NEED LOVE AND THAT ALL PEOPLE WHO LOVE KIDS DESERVE AND NEED TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE CHILDREN THE LOVE THEY ARE MISSING. WE BELIEVE IN EQUALITY.
We have heard about some very interesting information about Uruguay that is surprising. We can’t wait to share what we have learned and what we are going to learn. Make sure to follow us because we are on the way to Uruguay!
*Written by Amy