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Argentine married couple granted custody of kids

Timothy Kincaid

September 3rd, 2013

The Google Translate of this article is atrocious, and my Spanish is no where near adequate to make a translation on my own. But the gist of this infobae.com article is that a judge has, for the first time, granted temporary guardianship (a step towards adoption) to a same-sex married couple.

After months of legal proceedings and disputes rough, a gay couple married two years ago thanks to the law of marriage equality achieved temporary guardianship for adoption purposes two missionary brothers 9 and 11 years, after the judge Pablo Fernández Rizzi and decided at today’s hearing.

The marriage, held by Juan Castro and Pablo Silva, natives of Tierra del Fuego, is located in Mission for more than a month, and last week managed Rizzi , deputy of his counterpart in the Civil and Commercial of Puerto Iguazu, Ricardo Gerometa, resolved to grant precautionary manner simply keep the two minors. Now the judge enabled the couple to remain in charge of the children, so that may travel to the province to live with them .

This is a bit confusing, as Argentina has allowed adoption rights to same-sex couples since 2010. Perhaps this is simply the first case in which a judge granted the formal process.

Marriage update – South America

Timothy Kincaid

January 27th, 2013

It’s getting marriagey all over the place. And it’s also getting hard to keep track of what is going on where. So here is an update to help (which will probably be outdated by the time I hit “publish”).

Central South America:

Argentina - marriage has been equal since 2010.

Bolivia - in 2011 a bill to grant some limited couple recognition was introduced into the Bolivian Chamber of Deputies. It was referred in April 2012 to the Human Rights Commission, where it appears to have fallen asleep.

Brazil - since May 2011, Brazil has had recognizd civil unions for same-sex couples. The states of Alegoas and Bahia allow couples to administratively convert the civil unions to marriage. Since last month, same-sex couples in Sao Paulo may marry without any converted-civil-unions process.

Chile - on March 27, 2012, Daniel Zamudio was tortured and beaten to death. Much in the same way that Matthew Sheppard’s story changed the United States, Zamudio’s has been changing Chile. A long-stalled non-discrimination bill was quickly passed and signed and the populace is now impatient with institutionalize homophobia.

In August 2011, conservative President Pinera sent a civil unions bill to congress and two months ago he reaffirmed that the end of his term, March 2014, is the deadline for its passage. In hearings on the bill in the first weeks of the year, the Catholic Bishop of San Bernardo testified that the bill “brings the destruction of human beings and, although they deny it, destruction to social and family peace among men.” However, public polling shows strong support and the President has named the bill “a top priority”.

The opposition party’s contenders for Presidential nominee debated earlier this month whether same-sex couples should have civil unions or marriage rights. It is likely that civil unions will be achieved this year and that marriage equality will then follow at some point.

Colombia - in July 2011, the Supreme Court found that same sex couples have the same contitutional rights to recognition as heterosexual couples, but they left the structure open to Congress to legislate. Since that time there have been various bills pass one house or the other, but none came to completion. Currently there is a marriage bill in the Senate which has passed the first committee hurdle. Should no bill be enacted by June 20th, same-sex couples will be able to go to judges and become recognized. As there is no alternative legal structure in place, it seems logical that the only legal alternative for judges is to declare them married. But as legislators are disinclined to turn over power to anyone, it’s even more likely that something – civil unions or marriage – will be in place by that date.

Ecuador - while marriage equality is banned by constitution, Ecuador has had civil unions since 2008.

Uruguay - civil unions have been available since 2007. Last month a marriage equality bill passed the House of Deputes with a wide margin last month and is expected to pass the Senate in April.

And while other nations in South America are strongly hostile to same-sex marriage recognition, many of them place strong importance on the rulings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which has been increasingly supportive of gay rights. It may be that this court plays a role in shifting the continent’s laws in the near future.

Couple recognition in Latin America

Timothy Kincaid

August 10th, 2011

As it stands, much of Latin America either has some form of couple recognition or is in the process of doing so.

Marriage – Argentina 2010
Marriage – Mexico 2010 – marriage must occur in Mexico City but recognized throughout
Civil Unions – Uruguay 2007
Civil Unions – Ecuador 2008
Civil Unions – Brazil 2011
Proposed – Colombia 2011 – Court directed the legislature to draft law
Proposed – Chile 2011 – President proposed Life Partnership (Civil Unions) bill

Argentinans begin to marry

Timothy Kincaid

July 30th, 2010

Marriage equality has begun in Argentina (Star-Telegram)

After a 27-year courtship, two men on Friday became the first gay couple to wed under Argentina’s historic same-sex marriage law – the first of its kind for a Latin American nation.

Jose Luis Navarro, 54, and Miguel Angel Calefato, 65, tied the knot in provincial Santiago del Estero in an early morning ceremony where a civil registry official used a pen to cross out “man and woman” on the marriage license and wrote in “contracting parties.”

Their honeymoon is being provided by the Mexico City tourism agency. (Mexico City is the only other locality in Latin America to provide marriage equality.)

Gay Marriage Killed The Penguins

Jim Burroway

July 23rd, 2010

The ex-gay nutcake of San Diego strikes again:

Penguins Boycott Argentina’s Forced Same-Sex Marriage Law! Homosexual Activists Claim Penguins Are Gay: Shocked Penguins Drop Dead in Response!

Hundreds of dead Magellanic penguins have washed ashore on beaches in Brazil this month, animal experts say.

At least 500 have been reported in the Peruibe area, The Christian Science Monitor reported. The city is south of Sao Paulo.

Brazil, Argentina, Antarctica… it’s all the same, isn’t it? Here’s the Christian Science Monitor report. Scientists say normal migrations are normal, but the currents have shifted due to local weather patterns. But ex-gay gadfly James Hartline, who is off his meds again, says it’s punishment for same-sex marriage in Argentina:

This is the latest in a series of global strikes by nature against areas of the world where homosexual activists are being empowered to spread homosexuality and paganism via their partners in activist governmental bodies and liberalized emergent church organizations.

Marriage is official in Argentina

Timothy Kincaid

July 21st, 2010

The President of Argentina has now signed the marriage equality law. The first same-sex marriages will occur in August.

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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Argentine Senate votes on marriage equality today

Timothy Kincaid

July 14th, 2010

casamiento6Today the Argentine Senate is scheduled to vote on the marriage equality bill. The bill passed the house in May by a vote of 125 to 109, but the passage in the Senate is expected to be more difficult.

In lead up to today’s vote, advocates for the bill and activists against it have been trying to pressure Senators to vote according to their wishes. And, of course, the international leaders in the battle to deny rights to gay people – the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church – have weighed in.

Oddly, the Mormons seem to have made but a perfunctory effort. The President of the LDS sent a letter to the Mormons in Argentina, but it was starkly different from that which was sent during California’s Proposition 8 battle. (SL Tribune)

It definitely reaffirms the church’s commitment to traditional marriage, says Brigham Young University law professor Fred Gedicks. “But it doesn’t take as strong a position on the legal question [of same-sex marriage] in Argentina.”

Nor does it ask members to contact their lawmakers or give their all to the opposition cause, adds University of Utah law professor Clifford Rosky, who serves on a legal panel for the gay-rights group Equality Utah. “And that’s significant.”

In fact, according to a spokesman, the LDS Church “has taken no official position on the legislation being considered.”

The Catholic Church’s approach has been loud, shrill and bizarre. But ascribing demonic motivations may not have served in the Church’s best interests. In response, the nation’s president became more vocal in support.

However, Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who supports the legislation, said the church’s tone was reminiscent of “medieval times and the Inquisition.”

“It is disturbing to hear phrases like war of God or the devil’s projects, which are things that take us back to medieval times and the Inquisition,” she told reporters during an official visit to China.

In addition to ranting about Satan, the Catholics have joined with Evangelical groups in leading marches and holding rallies. The even let out students from Catholic schools to pump up the number of protesters.

Taking a cue from the pre-wackadoodle NOM, they were careful with their rhetoric and made sure that message appeared not to be anti-gay but pro-everyone-else. (Buenos Aires Herald)

Catholic and Evangelic organizations protested the same-sex marriage bill in a demonstration held at the Congress square under the motto “Kids have the right to have a mother and father.”

The demonstration was organized by the Lay Department of the Argentine Episcopal Conference (DEPLAI), the Christian Alliance of Evangelic Churches (ACIERA), the Pentecostal Evangelic Confraternity Federation (FECEP), and self-convened families, that were joined by representatives of the Muslim and Jewish communities.

“We’re not against any community, but we want to be clear: marriage is between a man and a woman, and children’s rights -to have a mother and a father- cannot be violated,” one of the organizers explained to media.

In response, students who support marriage engaged in a counter-demonstration (I’m not sure whether the methods are the wisest choice. In the US this would be counter-productive but it may be different in Buenos Aires)

A large group of university students along with representatives of the homosexual community are blocking the corner of Rivadavia and Callao avenues showing their support to the same-sex marriage bill after last night thousands of demonstrators along with Catholic and Evangelic organizations protested against the bill when they gathered at the Congress square under the motto “Kids have the right to have a mother and father.”

The debate is livestreamed here and Blabbeando is tweeting in English for those who do not speak Spanish.

UPDATE: It is 11:00 pm in Los Angeles and 3:00 am in Buenos Aires. The Senators are still talking and I don’t know that a vote will occur before I go to bed.

Currently, those counting votes believe that this bill will pass 33 to 31, but nothing is certain until the vote is taken.

A Sweet Marriage Ad from Argentina

Jim Burroway

July 12th, 2010
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Subtitles be Blabbeando. The Argentine Senate is expected to vote on a marriage bill sometime this week. The House approved the measure last month.

What does one wear to a machination of the Father of Lies?

Timothy Kincaid

July 10th, 2010

From the increasingly histrionic Catholic news site, LiveSiteNews:

Argentina’s number one Catholic prelate, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, is calling upon the priests of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires to bring their flocks to an upcoming protest against homosexual “marriage,” which is currently under consideration by the nation’s senate.

“Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God,” writes Bergoglio in a letter sent to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, where he is archbishop. “We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

Which makes me think, if I’m ever invited to something so important as to require the direct coordination of Old Scratch himself, I should dress up. Do you think red Prada slippers are appropriate for a gay wedding? After all, the Pope wears them to all his formal functions.

Argentina Senate committee opposes marriage bill

Timothy Kincaid

July 6th, 2010

An influential senate committee did not recommend that the full Senate approve the marriage equality bill. (On-Top Magazine)

Eight members of the Senate General Law Committee joined its chairwoman, Senator Liliana Negre de Alonso, in recommending that a gay marriage bill approved in May by Argentina’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies (la Camara de Diputados), be rejected in the Senate.

Six committee members voted to recommend the bill’s approval. Another five members advised senators to reconsider a bill rejected in May by the lower house that would recognize gay and lesbian couples with civil unions. That legislation, however, bans gay couples from adopting.

While supporters are still expressing confidence, this committee vote is believed to be influential. The full Senate will vote next Wednesday.

Marriage debate begins in Argentine Senate

Timothy Kincaid

June 1st, 2010

From the Buenos Aires Herald:

According to several sources, the debate is scheduled to start at 4:00pm.
Several leaders are pledged to be present, such as Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual Argentine Federation President María Rachid, and the head of La Fulana community centre Claudia Castrosin Verdú.

The bill aiming at allowing same-sex couples to get married posts the support of the biggest caucuses’ heads in the Upper House, Victory Front’s Miguel Angel Pichetto and Radical Gerardo Morales.

Then the Senate will go on tour (On Top Magazine)

After Tuesday’s debut in the Senate, the committee will take its gay marriage debate on the road, with stops planned for the cities of Salta, Tucuman, San Juan and Mendoza starting on June 14, and lasting until June 28. The cities are all provincial capitals and among Argentina’s largest by population.

The full Senate is scheduled to take up the bill on July 14, a Wednesday, where the measure faces an uncertain future. The bill has an equal number of supporters and opponents in the chamber, according to a poll conducted by news agency DyN, but 17 senators have remained mum on their position.

Argentina’s Senate begins consideration of marriage equality bill

Timothy Kincaid

May 18th, 2010

The General Law Committee of Argentina’s Senate began debate on the marriage equality bill passed by the House earlier this month. The committee room was too small for the crowd. Mostly, today’s agenda included administrative and planning issues. (Parlamentario.com google translation).

Shortly before 17 on Tuesday began the session of the General Law Committee chaired by the San Luis Liliana Negre de Alonso, remembering login to set a timetable for discussion of the project.

In this context, the holder of the official bank, Miguel Angel Pichetto, found that one month and ten days of debate “right.” This was marked the first half of July as the date for the treatment of the topic in the campus. That is, as is anticipated Parlamentario.com, it would be trying to last the World Cup in South Africa.

The meeting of the commission had perfect attendance of all members, as well as senators who are members and not the general public, whereupon it was decided that the next meetings are conducted not in the Hall Eva Peron, but in places wider.

Argentine priest endorses marriage equality

Timothy Kincaid

May 12th, 2010

Any week now the Senate in Argentina will debate and vote on the law passed by the House which authorizes same-sex marriages. One of the principal opponents to marriage equality in Argentina is the Roman Catholic Church, the nation’s dominant faith.

However, a prominent priest in Mendoza appears to have provided the tool necessary for separating the religious position of Catholics from their civil law. (Los Andes – google translation)

A priest caused a stir within the Catholic Church after he declared on television that is in favor of the bill allowing gay marriage and that these days being debated in Congress.

It is the father Vicente Reale, who has an opinion column in the Channel 9 news. In that TV spot, the priest explained, referring to unions between persons of the same sex is right that the State legislate for a situation that is undeniable and proclaimed himself in favor of equal rights.

Argentina’s House Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Jim Burroway

May 5th, 2010

After several fits and starts with five same-sex couples becoming married after court action (and several of those couples seeing their marriages annulled upon appeal), the Argentina House of Deputies approved a bill granting marriage equality on a 125-109 vote, with 6 abstentions and 16 absences, Blabeando reports. The vote came after more than eleven hours of debate. According to Maria Rachid, Director of the Argentinian LGBT Federation (FALGBT), this marks the first time that a national legislative body has voted in favor of same-sex marriage in all of Latin America.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to be a much tougher challenge for passage.

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