“Society has grown up. We aren’t the same as we were before,” says Sen. Daniel Filmus as he urge fellow lawmakers to support making Gay Marriage legal in Argentina. He urges lawmakers to pass the law to show the world how much Argentina has matured.
Argentina had become the first country in Latin America to legalize same sex marriage. Through this new law, it grants gays and lesbians all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexual couples.
The debate had been unprecedented, there are also lots of people showing up for and against the proposed Same Sex Marriage Law. After the dust had settled 33 lawmakers voted in favor of making Gay Marriage legal against 27 who voted against and 3 who abstained.
The Argentina senate vote ended at 4:00am. The lower house of Argentina had previously approved the same gay marriage legalization law, and it is expected to be signed by Agrnetina President Cristina Fernandez who is also a strong supporter.
Argentina is expecting a huge wave of gays and lesbians who would immediately apply for marriage license as soon as the law becomes effective. The Roman Catholic Church who campaigned heavily against the bill can do nothing more about it and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglia just expressed his disappointment, “Everyone loses with gay marriage, and children need to have the right to be raised and educated by a father and a mother.”
Same-sex civil unions have been legalized already in Uruguay, Buenos Aires and some states in Mexico and Brazil. Mexico City has legalized gay marriage. Colombia’s Constitutional Court granted same-sex couples inheritance rights and allowed them to add their partners to health insurance plans. Argentina however is the first country in Latin America to grant full rights and responsibilities to gay couples nationwide.To receive updates from WWNN.co.uk directly to your e-mail, you can subscribe to us for free by entering your e-mail address here and confirming your subscription by clicking the link that will be sent to your e-mail address.