Argentina Passes Historic Gay Marriage Bill

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Argentina has passed a bill that allows same sex couples to marry and adopt children. It is the first South American country to pass this type of legislation.
via Reuters.

Following more than 14 hours of charged debate, during which thousands of Argentines protested outside the Congress, the upper house voted 33-27 for the proposal, with three abstentions.
“I believe this has advanced equal rights,” Senator Eugenio Artaza told reporters after the debate in which many lawmakers in the upper house invoked their Roman Catholic beliefs to explain their stance.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez supports gay marriage on human rights grounds and is expected to sign the bill into law after her return from a state visit to China. It cleared Argentina’s lower house in May.

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  1. blacksouth
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    This is amazing. Congrats, Argentina.
    On a unrelated side-note, after reading feministing for ages, I think I may be a full fledged male feminist now. There once was a time when I would’ve found something to criticize in this, while supporting civil unions so I couldn’t be called a homophobe, which is a common tactic for homophobes.
    But nowadays, fuck that. I now believe that any couple (male, female, m2f, f2m, undecided) above a certain age has a fundamental human right to get married and to have the same rights and benefits as any other married couple. And if it’s not legal to get married in their country, then the government of their countries are denying them their basic human rights. It’s as simple as that for me, and if anyone has a problem with it, they can protest by not getting married. :D
    Hopefully the US will make more progress on this in the coming years.
    Thanks feministing. :)

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