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Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage

Timothy Kincaid

July 15th, 2010
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At about 4:00 am this morning, the Argentine Senate voted 33-27 to enact marriage equality. The bill now goes to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who has in recent days spoken out in support of the bill.

And so Argentina makes ten:

2001 Netherlands
2003 Belgium
2005 Spain
2005 Canada
2006 South Africa
2008 Norway
2009 Sweden
2010 Portugal
2010 Iceland
2010 Argentina

Updates from Jim B: Here is video of reaction as the crowd of supporters watch live television coverage in Buenos Aires:

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Here is President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, speaking as Argentina’s “fierce advocate” a few days ago:

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daftpunkydavid
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

the arc is bending, baby. slowly, but surely, the arc is bending.

Bruno
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

#11 will likely be Luxembourg, this summer.

johnathan
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

And with Argentina, same-sex marriage is now legal in a majority of the [continents] of the world (Africa, Europe, North America, and South America)!

Aaron
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

wow, I love south america. I think I’ll move to argentina now.

Jutta Zalud
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

Re: Luxemburg: Same-sex marriage was actually adopted by the government on July 9th and they plan to enter it in Parliament this week, but it will take at least 6 months to enter into force according to news from Luxemburg (all I have found so far is in French).
http://www.gouvernement.lu/salle_presse/conseils_de_gouvernement/2010/07-juillet/09-consgouv/index.html (Minutes from the government session of 9th July)
and two newss stories: http://www.lessentiel.lu/rechercher/story/23910319
http://www.libertepolitique.com/actualite/54-international/6162-luxembourg–le-parti-chretien-au-pouvoir-veut-legaliser-lunion-homosexuelle

ok, now I hope that your spam-protection lets me post this ;)

Greg
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

Higher power wrath…

2001 Netherlands–Global warming, sea levels rising
2003 Belgium–ditto
2005 Spain–economic collapse (wait, is that an act of God?)
2005 Canada–didn’t it snow there this winter?
2006 South Africa–cursed with the World Cup
2008 Norway–see Canada
2009 Sweden–see Canada
2010 Portugal–see Spain
2010 Iceland–see Canada
2010 Argentina–wait and see

justsearching
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

“2010 Argentina–wait and see”

Hmmm… Argentina had their financial collapse back in the 70′s, and I’m hoping for an act of God for Argentina a little more exciting than a snowstorm. I think zombies would send a clear message to any other country considering allowing gay marriage.

Timothy Kincaid
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

I think we can agree. If God sends a plague of zombies to roam the streets of Buenos Aires crying out, “Los cerebros! Quiero comer tu cerebro!” then we will know that He disapproves of marriage equality.

I might also consider werewolves or vampires as an acceptable alternative.

Bruno
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

Clearly Argentina was retaliating against God for being crushed in the World Cup.

justsearching
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

or retaliating against God for having the “mano de Dios” stolen from them by the Uruguayan, Luis Suarez.

In all seriousness though, a sincere felicitaciones to the Argentinians. Now we have gay marriage to the north, gay marriage to the south, and gay marriage in our mists.

Becky
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

Kirchner has some great lines.
I wish I had time to write up an English translation of her best point for everyone, but I really really don’t. Anybody else have time?

cd
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

What strikes me as significant here, beyond the excellent result, is that for Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner this isn’t a difficult issue at all. She’s thought about it and heard the arguments, but you can tell that for her and the serious people around her it’s not a matter in which they have real doubts about what’s right anymore, either personally or politically.

The picture I’m getting from the news lately is that for the cosmopolitan elites worldwide, whatever ambiguity they still felt about gay rights and gay marriage is draining away. It’s been a five to ten year argument worldwide and the people whose role is to be ahead of the curve in their countries, and the arguably most civilized, have pretty much reached consensus.

And to look at the opposition, it’s increasingly clear that the opposition has likewise shaken out- into all sorts of agendas, most of which are only indirectly about gay people. It’s mostly about the authority of Organized Religion, or privileging certain kinds of existing dysfunctional social groupings, or denialism about certain kinds of biological or psychological realities.

There’s still a long way to go, of course. But in my opinion it’s not just incremental victories anymore: there’s a feeling of the terrain changing, of transformation for the better.

cd
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

@Becky- here’s a Youtube version of the same clip with an English translation subtitling…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixVrmrQg9AM

ebohlman
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

Argentina is atoning for letting Mark Sanford visit.

Burr
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

Congratulations to Argentina.

My parents moved from there to the U.S. so that I could be born in a country with more freedom. It’s sad to see how futile that may have been at least in one aspect of my life. Shame on my birth country for its utter failure to live up to its mission statement. I’m proud of my heritage for now at least.

Spain won the World Cup after legalizing gay marriage. Netherlands made it all the way to the final. Uruguay punched above their weight making it to the semifinals after creating civil unions. I think Argentina is due for a win in 2014 now unless Brazil does something by then. :)

Pony Pisador
July 16th, 2010 | LINK

Congratulations to our Argentine cousins! Uruguay passed same-sex civil unions 3 years ago. El Pais, the major daily paper, noted that gay rights groups in Uruguay will now begin the process of “upgrading” to full same-sex marriage rights. In Uruguay, laws are typically passed via consensus, so gay activists have said they will start on writing a bill with the Faculty of Rights at the University of the Republic, which should be ready for submission to the lower house of the legislature in 4-5 months, with possible passage next year. It will change the wording of marriage from “mujer y hombre” to “conjugals” meaning any adults of any sex wishing to marry. Already parties of the left, including one Senator, has said that “Uruguayan society is diverse, and accepting of these new realities”. Uruguay has a strong left of center government which is friendly to our cause (passed gays workers rights, adoption and military service all during the last 4 years) so we’re very optimistic that we could be next. Vamos Celeste = y la mano de Suarez!

John in MN
July 19th, 2010 | LINK

A HUGE contratulations to Argentina!!

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