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Gay Marriage in Argentina

They may not have reached the final in the world cup, but Argentina are scoring goals in the equality stakes by becoming the first South American country to legalise marriage for same-sex couples.

Evan Wolfson, from US organisation Freedom to Marry made the point of the journey Argentina has taken, both religiously and politically:

Today’s historic vote shows how far Catholic Argentina has come, from dictatorship to true democratic values, and how far the freedom to marry movement has come as twelve countries on four continents now embrace marriage equality.

Despite a protest organised by evangelical Christians and right wing Catholic groups that drew a whopping 60,000 protestors to a march on Congress the night before the vote, marriage was opened up to same sex couples by a Senate majority of 33-27 this morning.

Same-sex civil unions have been legalised in Uruguay, Buenos Aires and some states in Mexico and Brazil. Mexico City has legalised gay marriage. Colombia’s Constitutional Court granted same-sex couples inheritance rights and allowed them to add their partners to health insurance plans.

Argentina however – firmly supported by its president – has lead the way for the fight for full marriage rights for same-sex couples in South America. The new law broadly declares that “marriage provides for the same requisites and effects independent of whether the contracting parties are of the same or different sex.”

Well done Argentina – I hope our politicians here in Ireland are taking note!

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  • Did anyone see the program on Channel 4 ‘Africa’s last taboo’? It was really eye opening. Its amazing to think that some countries are moving forward but yet so many gay people remain unable to live their lives.  Its totally unbalanced but reading this gives hope and really makes me wonder how come Ireland can’t go the full hog and legalise gay marriage?  Slow steps that are great but so much to do.

    mel said:
  • I watched it Mel. Sweet god above it was horrendous. It’s so easy to forget that we are actually quite lucky in our world. I’m not saying that we should be happy with crumbs from the table of those who think of themselves as maters.  Just, thank god/David Norris/Oscar Wilde/et al for changing our reality.

    I just can’t even put myself in their lives. The fear and hatred was terrifying.
    Fear of being caught, fear of having a homo in the family….it was horrendous.

    And those bastards who use God, bible and the influence of the west as an excuse to hate should be ashamed. As one human rights worker said Westerners “brought homophobia, not homosexuality to Africa”.

    It was like medaevil times.


    HAL said:
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