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Amnesty International praises Argentina’s same-sex marriage landmark bill

Wednesday, July 21st 2010 - 07:14 UTC
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Cristina Kirchner is scheduled to enact the bill this Wednesday Cristina Kirchner is scheduled to enact the bill this Wednesday

Amnesty International welcomed Argentina's landmark decision on Thursday to become the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage.

Argentina's senate passed the law - which will also pave the way for same-sex couples to be able to adopt - by 33 votes to 27 with three abstentions, at the end of a 14-hour debate.

The legislation had already been approved by Argentina's Chamber of Deputies in May.

It now awaits enactment by President Cristina Kirchner that is scheduled to take place Wednesday.

”This is a landmark step in the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Argentina to equality,“ said Louise Finer of Amnesty International.
”Now it's up to the rest of the countries in Latin America to follow suit.“

Earlier in the week, Catholic officials across Argentina, where more than 90 per cent of the population are members of the church, read a message from Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio opposing the bill.

The approval of the law has come as a result of sustained campaigning by the LGBT movement in Argentina since 2005.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Mexico City, while same-sex civil unions are legal in Mexico, Uruguay and some states in Brazil.

Last December, a same-sex couple succeeded in exchanging wedding vows in the province of Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina.

Alex Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello got married after a judge prevented the ceremony from taking place in the Buenos Aires.

There have now been nine same sex marriages carried out in Argentina. Each case has depended on individual interpretations of the existing law being carried out by judges and provincial authorities.

”The modification of Argentina’s Civil Code to allow same-sex marriage is one of many steps that need to be taken to put an end to discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the country”.

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

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  • harrier61

    An excellent piece of legislation. In fact, same-sex marriage should become compulsory in Argentina.

    Jul 21st, 2010 - 10:07 am 0
  • avargas2001

    Whatever happen to Children rights, and people against child abuse.
    I bid anything that all this sharade will be gone when the child abuse report comes out next year to blame it on Argentine politicians, Maybe at that point they can legally bring back capital punishment for pedophiles.

    Jul 22nd, 2010 - 01:29 am 0
  • harrier61

    Doesn't matter. A few years of same-sex marriage and there won't be enough children in Argentina to worry about. There won't be any abuse. Children will be like gods to the dying remnants of a failing tribe.

    Jul 22nd, 2010 - 10:04 am 0
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