On Thursday of last week Argentina’s Senate passed a marriage equality bill that will legalize same-sex marriage and grant gay and lesbian couples the same rights and benefits as enjoyed by their heterosexual counterparts. With Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies having passed the bill already, all that is left is for President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to sign the bill into law.
We covered the Argentine Senate vote here. In the post you can find out some more information on the build up to the vote and also get involved with the discussion in our comments section if you haven’t done so already.
Below you can see the Associated Press coverage of Thursday’s events which has footage of Argentina’s LGBT rights groups and supporters being told the good news, as well as clips from the lengthy Senate debate that led to the bill’s passage.
Secondly, here is a PSA that the group the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans (FALGBT) created to back marriage equality that ends with the message “The Same Love, The Same Rights with the Same Names” and gets the point across with a simple elegance:
(If you find the captions hard to read, please click here to view a larger version which will open in a new window.)
Lastly, just three days before Thursday’s historic vote, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner discussed her support for same-sex marriage rights and also discussed how she found the derisive language that had been used to try and prevent marriage equality alarming (see below for a translation):
To begin with, I am a bit surprised about the tone, the tenor, and the content the dialogue has taken. The truth is that it’s worrisome to listen to expressions such as ‘God’s Battle’, ‘The Work of the Devil’, things which actually bring us back to the times of the Inquisition, to Medieval Times, it seems to me…
Particularly coming from those who should promote peace, tolerance, diversity and dialogue. Or at least that’s what they’ve always said in their statements. And all of a sudden [we have] this aggressive language, this dismissive language invoking ‘natural law’ arguments… [EDIT]
And to bring it back to our own history, when the civil code was approved, Vélez Sársfield takes – just as he took from the Roman and French civil codes in his notes about different laws – he takes ‘marriage’ from Canon law. That’s why they could only get married through the church! There was no possibility, in Argentina, for people to get married in a civil registry…
When immigration began – there are many people who are not Catholic, who are not affiliated with any religion, or are anarchists, or Communists, or are Jewish or Muslim – and it turns out that the only way they could get married was through Catholic rites. And so, a reform to the civil code was proposed, which was incorporated in 1888, through which ‘civil marriages’ were created. [EDIT]
I sincerely believe what’s being presented before the current norm is something that the community already has. I believe it’s fair – it’s fair – to recognize this right for minorities. And I believe it would be a terrible distortion of democracy if the majorities – the actions of those majorities – denied rights to those minorities…
But what worries me the most is the tone in which these issues are being discussed, invoking questions such as the Devil, or the war…I heard someone talk about ‘God’s War’! As if we were still in the time of the Crusades! I can just imagine Roland going to conquer the Holy Sepulcher! Th truth is I don’t believe this is good…
It’s not good because it establishes, as a society, a place which I don’t think any of us wants to have. We are all willing to debate, discuss, dissent, but do it with a rational frame, without stigmatizing others because they think differently, and, fundamentally, also without violating the constitution. [EDIT]
…eh, but in reality I don’t think it’s a question that should be taken lightly. We are talking about whether we are going to be a society which recognizes the rights of minorities. This is the axis. Or if we are going to require that when someone signs official paperwork, instead of writing an ID, they should write “gay” or “lesbian” so some public official can say “Yes, I will see you”, “I won’t see you”, “You have the right to in-vitro fertilization”, “No, you don’t have the rights”…
Thanks to Blabbeando for the translations of these videos.
It is believed that President Fernandez will ratify the gay marriage law on Wednesday. Via OnTopMag:
“This morning, Chief of Staff Anibal Fernandez called us to say [President] Cristina Fernandez will promulgate the gay marriage law on Wednesday at an event to include gay rights groups,” Maria Rachid, president of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians Gays Bisexuals & Trans (FALGBT), a group that lobbied for passage of the bill, told members of the Argentine press.
Argentina’s first same-sex marriage is expected to take place on August 13 in Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires.
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