Global Americans and the Canadian Council for the Americas presents “Two gringos with questions,” an interview series featuring political and cultural leaders from across the Americas. On the fifth episode, Chris and Ken talk to Hunter Carter, a partner at Arent Fox, LLP and a founding board member of Global Americans. Carter is also co-founder of the Alliance for Marriage in the Americas (AMAmericas), a coalition of pro bono lawyers working to bring marriage equality to the Americas.
Most of Carter’s pro bono work has focused on marriage equality in the region. Late last year, Carter wrote a piece for Global Americans on how AMAmericas requested a regional hearing on marriage equality to follow up on the Inter-American Court for Human Right’s (IACHR) 2017 determination that marriage equality is a human right and subsequent ruling that all member governments must take action to ensure equal protection of LGBT families. At the IACHR, Carter has also been lead counsel in the first case for marriage equality brought before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in 2012, and another case brought against Mexico in 2014.
Carter is a member of the Bar Associations of New York State, New York City, as well as the International Bar Association and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is an award-winning advocate for HIV and AIDS care in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. He graduated from the University of Virginia and earned his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
To discuss marriage equality and LGBTQ rights in Latin America, your hosts talked to Carter about his recent IACHR hearing and the challenges marriage equality faces in the region.