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Argentina celebrates second anniversary of same-sex marriage bill

Monday, July 16th 2012 - 19:39 UTC
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The first couple to marry was an architect and his partner living together for 27 years The first couple to marry was an architect and his partner living together for 27 years

A law giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry in Argentina celebrated its second anniversary over the weekend. Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage after President Christina Fernandez signed the law on July 21, 2010.

Lawmakers approved the law on July 15 over the strong objections of the Roman Catholic Church; one cardinal called the movement to legalize such unions the devil's handiwork.

A couple together 27 years was the first to marry under the law. Architect Juan Carlos Navarro married his partner Miguel Angel Calefato in Santiago del Estero on July 30.

More than 6.000 gay couples have tied the knot since the law's adoption, most of which took place in the capital Buenos Aires (1.405) and its surrounding province (1.455), according to gay advocate Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA).

“The bottom line is that for two years we've had this right, the State recognizes our families and our country's democracy respects diversity, as it should be around the world,” said Cesar Cigliutti, president of the CHA.

It is estimated that Argentina has 2,400,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender persons out of a total population of over 40 million.

Gay marriage is also legal in the city-state of Mexico City, whose marriages are recognized throughout Mexico. Eleven countries in the world have similar legislation.
 

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  • Joe Bloggs

    Lawmakers approved the law on July 15 over strong objections from the Catholic Church and a deadbeat called Pirat-Hunter.

    It is estimated that Argentina has 2,400,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons.

    Pirat-hunter, do you realise how fucking stupid you look now?

    Jul 16th, 2012 - 08:33 pm 0
  • Alexei

    “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a message to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Sunday congratulating the Argentine nation and government on the anniversary of the country’s Independence Day”.

    http://tehrantimes.com/politics/99412-ahmadinejad-congratulates-argentina-on-independence-day

    Iran murders gays. I bet KFC's friend Ahmadinejad won't be congratulating her on this one.

    Jul 16th, 2012 - 08:56 pm 0
  • Britworker

    I think rights for gay men and women is one of the few things the argies can be proud of, but i agree with the previous comments, that doesnt rest well with having close relations with Iran, a regime that executes gay men and is the scurge of the civilised world.

    Jul 16th, 2012 - 09:35 pm 0
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