How Ecuador’s First Legally Married Gay Couple Is Thwarting The Law With A Transgender Loophole

Joey Hateley, 35 and British, and Hugo Vera, 29 (pictured L-R), will reportedly be Ecuador’s first gay couple to legally wed — thanks to a technicality. That’s because Hately was female at birth but transitioned to male. But because Ecuador still recognizes him as a woman, it’s a heterosexual marriage by law (and thus recognized), but a homosexual marriage to anyone who understands how these things work. They’re set to marry tomorrow in Quito.