Will Argentina Approve Same-Sex Marriage?

Timothy Kincaid

October 29th, 2009

It appears that they are considering doing so. From A/P

Is Argentina ready to become Latin America’s first nation to legalize gay marriage?

Gay and lesbian activists think so — and they have a growing number of supporters in Congress, which opened debate Thursday on whether to change dozens of laws that define marriage as a union between a “man and woman.”

And this does not appear to be simply tokenism

Rachid said more than 20 lawmakers have signed on as supporters of same-sex marriage, and they believe they have enough votes in committee for a full vote in the lower house. It would then go to the Senate.

While it is far too early to be optimistic, it is worth noting that the more that such efforts are considered, the more people begin to truly think about civil equality.

We only win when people begin to think. I contend that one of the unintended consequences of the American anti-gay marriage movement has been an open discussion of the purposes and benefits of marriage and a resulting growing trend of folks who are slowly coming to see marriage equality less as an oddity and more as a civil right.


October 29th, 2009

As someone of Argentine descent with plenty of family still there, I really hope so! It wouldn’t surprise me. All of my extended family are supportive of me for one.

But there’s still a fair bit of social conservatism going around. Birth control and such is still a hot button issue.


October 29th, 2009

According to the Momento 24 article, support for marriage equality in Argentina is over 70%, amongst the highest of any country on the planet; this is higher even than all but a few western European states, typically the world leaders in LGBT rights issues, where support is mostly around 50% to 70% (CZ, DE, FR, DK, UK, ES, LX, BE, others) and is way ahead of MA, the most enlightened US state, where support is about 56%. With support for marriage equality so high, a move like this was becoming increasingly inevitable.

Momentum is building up fast throughout the West though, especially in Europe. I expect to see a rapid game of dominoes amongst the smaller European states over the next decade or so.


October 30th, 2009

“We only win when people begin to think.” Agreed. Another result of the publicity is that even in the churches, people are beginning to rethink long standing opposition. As they do so, they are finding that modern scholars now reject the traditional interpretations of the clobber texts. (See “Countering the Clobber Texts” at “Queering the Church”

The churches that have formalized this thinking and listening process, like the ECLA, Episcopalians and Swedish Lutherans, have moved the furthest – but all the churches are rethinking to some degree.

As the churches begin to show disagreement among themselves, their arguments against us become less effective.

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