Same-Sex Marriage in Argentina

Timothy Kincaid

November 13th, 2009

A judge in Argentina has decided that a Buenos Aires same-sex couple are allowed to marry (Reuters)

An Argentine judge has granted a homosexual couple permission to get married, setting a precedent that could pave the way for the Catholic country to become the first in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage.

This week’s ruling by Judge Gabriela Seijas in Buenos Aires, which became the region’s first city to approve civil unions between same sex couples in 2002, may increase pressure on lawmakers to debate a gay marriage bill currently deadlocked in Congress.

Whether this will be an isolated incident, lead to change, or be overturned is as yet undetermined (Pink News)

Her decision can still be overturned by city authorities.

Although Argentina is a leader in couple rights in Latin America, civil unions are not universally available.

Only a few areas of Argentina recognise civil unions between same-sex couples: Buenos Aires itself, the province of Río Negro in Patagonia, and the city of Villa Carlos Paz in Córdoba province.

Burr

November 13th, 2009

While this may be short lived this does make me a little more proud of my heritage.

If only such common sense could be found across the full range of political issues in Argentina.

Burr

November 15th, 2009

Good news for Buenos Aires.. The mayor decided not to appeal the ruling, so same-sex marriage stays legal in the capital!

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/11/14/argentina.same.sex.marriage/

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