Buenos Aires, Jul 16: Argentina on Thursday, Jul 15 legalized same-sex marriage and became the first country in Latin America to allow gay marriage. The new move came following the landmark Senate vote carried live on national television.
The suggestion received 33-27 vote after 15 hour of debate in the counsel addressed by the Centre-left government of President Christina Kirchner. Some had reservations in the majority Roman Catholic country, but the law passed. The law fine-tunes the legal code which any couple will be addressed as 'the marrying parties' instead of 'husband and wife'.
Gerardo Morales, Opposition Radical senator opined that the Argentine society had changed, reiterating that the bill aims at guarenteeing the rights of minorities. Hundreds of people outside Congress chanted 'equality, equality' and cheered when the bill passed.
The ruling party leader Miguel Pichetto termed it as a 'historic day'.