Amidst all the hateful hype surrounding Prop 8 in CA, it can be easy to lose perspective on the same sex marriage “debate” and forget that it’s actually quite a straightforward issue, a matter of common sense and a basic human right. An opinion piece in today’s LA Times gives us a much-needed reminder of this, providing some perspective with the bold headline “Latin America ahead of U.S. on same-sex marriage.”
The article is definitely worth a read. It points out that countries like Mexico and Argentina have been able to recognize “that religion and civil law have different roles to perform in marriage, something absent in the debate in the U.S.” and highlights some of the most recent and significant legal achievements won for LGBTQI rights.
Earlier this week, as part of the Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, I wrote about this strategic work by feminists in Latin America to ensure the separation of church and state. This article expands on that trend and highlights some of the great strides Latin America has made toward ending discrimination against queer folks. Hopefully other regions of the world- including the U.S.- will get the memo soon.