Jose Luis Navarro and Miguel Angel Calefato have been together for 27 years, and were the first gay couple to legally marry, in the northern province of Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Argentina is the first Latin American nation to legalize same-sex marriage. President Cristina Fernandez signed the bill into law July 21.
In the past, before the legislature approved marriage equality, several other couples — Norma Castillo and Ramona Arevalo, and Alex Freyre and José Maria Di Bello married in challenges to the country’s laws, but those attempts were annulled
Congratulations to Jose and Miguel and also to Argentina for caring about the civil rights of it’s Lesbian and Gay citizens. Unlike the United States. (This country should be ashamed)
The Argentine Senate debate went on for 14 hours and didn’t end till the wee hours of the morning but when all was said and done the Argentine Senate APPROVED same sex marriage with a 33 -27 vote. The Bill will now go to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner who has been a staunch supporter or marriage equality and has vowed to sign the bill immediately.
The bill passed despite a concerted campaign by the Roman Catholic Church and evangelical groups, which drew 60,000 people to a march on Congress earlier this week.As debate dragged into the wee hours, supporters and opponents held rival vigils throughout the frigid night outside the Congress building in Buenos Aires.
Argentina now becomes the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, granting gays and lesbians all the same rights and responsibilities that heterosexuals have. These include many more rights than civil unions, including adopting children and inheriting wealth. The proposed 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.”
The vote came after Sen. Daniel Filmus urged fellow lawmakers to show the world how much the society has matured. “Argentina is providing a demonstration of its maturity. The society has grown up. We aren’t the same as we were before,” he said.
Now if only America would grow-up.
Watch the crowds reaction as the passage is announced.
Well its nice to see that the Pesident of one country at least has some balls. (Take note Obama)
The Catholics and Mormon Church has dramatically ramped up attacks in Argentina in advance of a vote on same-sex marriage in the Argentine Senate which would legalize it there.
In a letter dated July 6 and read on Sunday to all Mormon congregations in Argentina, the church’s First Presidency said the doctrine is “absolutely clear: that marriage is between a man and a woman and is ordained of God.” The letter, signed by LDS President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors, Presidents Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, encourages members to review the LDS document “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” a 1995 statement that proclaims traditional marriage as a sacred institution ordained by God and the family as the fundamental unit of society.
Now, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner harshly criticized church leaders on Monday, saying that their discourse on the issue resembled “the times of the Crusades” and that they failed to acknowledge how socially liberal Argentina had become.
“They are portraying this as a religious moral issue and as a threat to ‘the natural order,’ when what we are really doing is looking at a reality that is already there,” the president said from Beijing. “It would be a terrible distortion of democracy if they denied minorities their rights.”
Gay rights advocates said Mrs. Kirchner and her husband, former President Néstor Kirchner, are responding to polls showing that nearly 70 percent of Argentines support giving gay people the same marital rights as heterosexuals.
Some political analysts see the issue as a political maneuver for the Kirchners to maintain their dynasty in Argentina. Mr. Kirchner, now a congressman, has been spearheading the gay marriage bill to regain the limelight before the 2011 elections, when he is widely expected to try to run for president again, said Carlos Germano, a political analyst in Buenos Aires.
Brava Christina.! It seems that President Kirchner has more political courage in one of her finger nails than all the politicians in Washington combined.
The Argentine Senate is set to vote on the measure sometime today.