Thursday, July 15, 2010

Same-sex marriage legalized in Argentina

Police officers try to separate supporters of the proposal to legalize same-sex marriage from demonstrators who are against the bill in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. (Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press)

Argentina legalized same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America to declare that gays and lesbians have all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexual couples.

After a marathon debate in Argentina's senate, 33 lawmakers voted in favor, 27 against and three abstained in a vote that ended after 4 a.m. local time.

Since the lower house already approved it and President Cristina Fernandez is a strong supporter, it becomes law as soon as it is published in the official bulletin, which should happen within days.

[Read the complete article at CBC News]

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