[Marxism] Argentina legalizes gay marriage
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Thu Jul 15 08:14:51 MDT 2010
Argentina legalizes gay marriage in historic vote
by MICHAEL WARREN
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina legalized same-sex marriage
Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America to grant
gays and lesbians all the legal rights, responsibilities and
protections that marriage brings to heterosexual couples.
After a marathon debate, 33 lawmakers voted in favor, 27 were
against it and 3 abstained in Argentina's Senate in a vote that
ended after 4 a.m. Since the lower house already approved it, and
President Cristina Fernandez is a strong supporter, it now becomes
law as soon as it is published in the official bulletin.
The law is sure to bring a wave of marriages by gays and lesbians
who have increasingly found Buenos Aires to be more accepting than
many other places in the region.
The approval came despite a concerted campaign by the Roman
Catholic Church and evangelical groups, which drew 60,000 people
to march on Congress and urged parents in churches and schools to
work against passage.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said "everyone loses" with gay
marriage, and "children need to have the right to be raised and
educated by a father and a mother."
Nine gay couples had already married in Argentina after persuading
judges that the constitutional mandate of equality supports their
marriage rights, but some of these marriages were later declared
As the debate stretched on for nearly 16 hours, supporters and
opponents of held rival vigils through the frigid night outside
the Congress building in Buenos Aires.
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