Monday, Aug 19, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website

Flash Banner

Logo Maker
JavaScript Menu
 
 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, May 7, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 19
Argentinian Deputies advance marriage equality
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
Argentinian Deputies advance marriage equality

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Argentina's House of Deputies passed a historic marriage equality bill on May 5 following 11 hours of debate on the House floor.

The bill includes both the right to marry and the right to adopt children. The adoption provision was especially controversial.

The vote was 125-109, with Socialists and smaller leftist parties joining the supporters of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to pass the measure.

Party leaders instructed their members to "vote their conscience" rather than the party line earlier in the day. Most leftist members were already on record in support of marriage equality, however.

Some right-wing lawmakers also supported the bill, but most of the Peronists - followers of the late dictator Juan Peron - voted against the measure.

Marriage equality supporters displayed a huge banner from the visitors' gallery which said mockingly, "Putos Peronistas" ("Peronist Fags").

After the vote, supporters of the measure erupted in cheers and unfurled rainbow flags down the side walls of the legislative hall. Outside, small groups of supporters gathered to watch the proceedings on a live feed, or to follow the debate on Twitter.

"Love isn't owned by heterosexuals," said Deputy Felipe Sola, who backed the bill. "If we're all equal before the law, why do we want to give a different name to unions between same-sex couples?"

Maria Rachid, director of The Argentinian LGBT Federation (FALGBT), told Argentine TV reporters that it was the first time a national legislature had voted in favor of same-sex marriage in Latin America.

Mexico City's legislature passed a marriage equality bill December 21, 2009, but that law only applies to the Federal District surrounding Mexico City, not to the whole country. The Mexican law also does not address adoptions.

Alex Freyre and Nino Di Bello, the first same-sex couple to be married in Argentina, were on the House floor observing the debate. They were married last December, but a court subsequently annulled their marriage.

Four Gay couples and one Lesbian couple have been married in Argentina, but only two of the marriages remain legally valid.

The Argentine Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on the legality of same-sex marriages, but it is widely assumed that the justices would prefer to have Argentina's Congress act first.

The bill now goes to the Argentine Senate, which is considered more conservative than the House of Deputies.

The FALGBT's Rachid said she does not expect the Senate to reject the measure.

"We've talked to the heads of the political blocs [in the Senate] and the majority are in favor of this, so we think we could get a favorable vote in the Senate as well," she said.

If the law is passed in the Senate, Argentina would be the first country in predominantly Roman Catholic Latin America to allow same-sex marriages. Neighboring Uruguay grants extensive rights, including adoptions, to same-sex couples in civil unions but does not allow them to marry.

Roman Catholic leaders have denounced same-sex marriage as "perverse" and immoral, but the marriage bill has not sparked much public controversy in Argentina. Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital, is a cosmopolitan and Gay-friendly city with many hotels, nightclubs, and shops catering to Gay tourists.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Lesbian couple legally married in Texas
------------------------------
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Barney Frank talks - his 30 years in Congress
------------------------------
Hawaiian legislature OKs civil unions
------------------------------
Entre Hermanos: SB1070
------------------------------
Boy Scouts of America lose Supreme Court case
------------------------------
Chicago Free Press out of business
------------------------------
Gay rights groups look for leadership on DADT
------------------------------
DOMA heads to federal court
------------------------------
Argentinian Deputies advance marriage equality
------------------------------
Laurie Jinkins launches campaign for State House
------------------------------
D.C. Appeals Court hears marriage equality case
------------------------------
N.Y. Court of Appeals expands rights of non-biological parents
------------------------------
Seattle May Day march intensified by AZ immigrant bill
------------------------------
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's Executive Cary Alan Johnson
------------------------------
Social networking led to murderous connection, say cops
------------------------------
LGBTQ survey reveals a diverse population
------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------
Jesse's Journal: Hospital visitation a daily struggle for LGBT couples
------------------------------
Marquette Rescinds Offer to Sociologist
------------------------------
Lithuanian court reverses ban on gay pride parade
------------------------------
NO MATCH: Maddow Vs Cooper On George Rekers Rentboy Scandal with VIDEO
------------------------------
An Unlikely Plaintiff. At Issue? He Dares Not Speak Its Name
------------------------------
Elena Kagan Is Not Gay
------------------------------
Dan Pious and Jordan Pious talk 'The Amazing Race' win
------------------------------
Florida AG (GOP candidate for Gov.) Bill McCollum 'personally requested' the hiring of Rekers
------------------------------
Bill McCullom requested hiring of antigay psychologist now in Rentboy scandal
------------------------------
Caribbean to get $100M grant from US to fight AIDS
------------------------------
2nd Sit-in at McCain's AZ Office to Protest DADT
------------------------------
GLSEN Announces No Name-Calling Week Creative Expression Contest Winners
------------------------------
Gay rights group demands apology from Newsweek
------------------------------
A Case for Outing on All Levels
------------------------------
Film fest 'the heart and soul' of Trans culture
------------------------------
Prop 8 Trial Testimony Gets a Marisa Tomei Makeover
------------------------------
Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Report Identifies Key Factors for Transition in Australia, Canada, Israel, and U.K. and Discusses Open Service within U.N. Peacekeeping and NATO forces
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2011

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News