Argentina Becomes First Country In Latin America To Legalize Gay Marriage

Supporters of the new law legalizing gay marriage demonstrated in front of Argentina´s Congress on Tuesday.
Supporters of the new law legalizing gay marriage demonstrated in front of Argentina´s Congress on Tuesday.
Supporters of the new law legalizing gay marriage demonstrated in front of Argentina´s Congress on Tuesday.
Supporters of the new law legalizing gay marriage demonstrated in front of Argentina´s Congress on Tuesday.

Today in Latin America

Top StoryArgentina became the first Latin American nation on Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage and grant the same legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexuals.

After protests throughout the country from supporters on both sides of the issue, the Argentine Senate approved the measure in a 33-27 vote, with three abstentions. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said that she would sign the law quickly.

“From today onward, Argentina is a more just and democratic country,” said Maria Rachid, president of the Argentine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender federation, according to the Associated Press.

The vote was passed at 4:05 a.m. Thursday morning after a 14 hour debate and hundreds of supporters of the law who waited outside of the Argentine Congress erupted in cheers when the decision was announced.

“If we think that 50 years ago women could not vote and not that long ago in the US you couldn’t have interracial marriages, and that in Argentina the only way to get married was in the church, and we found a way to change all that, we can say this is a positive step that defends the rights of minorities,” Fernández de Kirchner said, according to the Irish Times.

Many view Fernández de Kirchner and her husband, former President Nestor Kirchner’s support of the bill as a political risk. While the bill had a great deal of support in the capital of Buenos Aires, that was not the case in many other parts of the mainly Roman Catholic country.

“I speak from my religious formation, Catholic, but we aspire with all our strength for the Church to become more modern,” Nestor de Kirchner said, according to the Buenos Aires Herald.

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  1. Argentina’s newly passed law allowing gay marriage is a positive move towards social awareness and justice. Slowly but ,surely, sentient beings move toward dispelling the “illusion of our separateness”. May all countries soon follow in Argentina’s path.

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