reports that “Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage after the Senate voted in favour. The country's Chamber of Deputies had already approved the legislation. The vote in the Senate, which backed the bill by just six votes, came after 14 hours of at times heated debate. The law, which also allows same-sex couples to adopt, had met with fierce opposition from the Catholic Church and other religious groups. The legislation, backed by President Cristina Fernandez's centre-left government, passed by 33 votes to 27 with three abstentions.”
I second Ricky Martin who tweeted the news: “#Argentina votes yes on gay marriage law! A great nation making history”.
Oh, poor Kissag Mouradian, Archbishop of the Armenian church in Argentina… You - along with some other religious leaders - were so out of touch with reality and trying so hard to oppose the bill. Do not you worry, you will be good, you will catch up. For now, as British would say, have a cup of tea…
BBC reminds that “there have been several gay marriages recently in Argentina, some of which were annulled by the Supreme Court, creating a legal controversy. Civil unions between people of the same sex are legal in Buenos Aires and in some other provinces but there was no law to regulate it on a country-wide level.
Argentina's capital is widely considered to be among the most gay-friendly cities in Latin America. It was the first Latin American city to legalise same-sex unions.
Same-sex civil unions are also legal in Uruguay and some states in Brazil and Mexico, while gay marriage is legal in Mexico City.”
*picture -by Reuters, via BBC