Thursday, July 15, 2010
Argentina legalized same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first country in South America to grant gays and lesbians all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage gives heterosexual couples.
In an historic vote, Argentina’s senate voted 33 in “For” and 27 “No” and 3 abstentions, shortly after 4 AM. Since the lower house already approved it, and President Cristina Fernandez is a strong supporter of marriage equality, it now becomes the law of the land.
The vote was approved despite a concerted campaign of attack by the Roman Catholic Church and various evangelical groups.
Sen. Norma Morandini, a member of President Cristina Fernandez’ party, compared the discrimination gays face to the oppression imposed by Argentina’s dictators decades ago. “What defines us is our humanity, and what runs against humanity is intolerance.”