Thursday, July 15, 2010
Early this morning the Argentine Senate voted to approve legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Argentina. The vote in the Senate at 4:05 a.m. today was 33-27 with 3 abstentions. The President had pushed strongly for the bill and is eager to sign it. Click here to see the President's comments on the legislation (video in Spanish with English subtitles).
The national debate in Argentina was vigorous. Click here to see two television ads produced in support of the legislation for a taste of that debate. And even here on this blog, commentators on our posts argued that Argentina did not have to approve the legislation because of a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that held that there was no fundamental right of same-sex partners to marry.
Catholic Argentina thus becomes the first nation in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage. (Mexico has allowed same-sex marriage but only in some states and in Mexico City, not the entire country.) Click here for a post on Rex Wockner's Blog further analyzing the legislation.
When the President of Argentina signs the bill, same-sex marriage will be legal in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Mexico City, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C. Same-sex marriages are also recognized during the short period when they were lawful in California.