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Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage, first nation in Latin America

Argentina senate gay marriage vote

Argentina legalized same-sex marriage in an early-morning vote Thursday, making it the first country in the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic region of Latin America to grant gay couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. After a long and emotional debate, the Senate voted 33 to 27, with three abstentions, to approve a measure that had passed Argentina's lower house.

The vote came at 4 a.m. and scores of gay rights demonstrators erupted in cheers and applause after the results reached the crowds outside Congress in Buenos Aires.

The law allows married gay couples to adopt children and inherit wealth. With its passage, Argentina joins only the Mexican Federal District, or Mexico City, in Latin America allowing same-sex marriage, in addition to the region's former colonial powers of Portugal and Spain. In the Americas, Canada is the only other country with a similar law.

The U.S. polling blog FiveThirtyEight compiled a chart showing that 250 million people worldwide now live in entities that allow same-sex marriage. Same-sex civil unions are legal in Uruguay and in some states in Brazil and Mexico.

Leading up to the vote in Argentina, thousands joined the protests of the Roman Catholic Church and demonstrated against the law, contending as in other countries that same-sex marriage could threaten the "family unit." But President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was a strong supporter, arguing in a news interview that the legislation was a matter of applying equal civil rights among Argentina's citizens.

"But what worries me the most is the tone in which these issues are being discussed," she said, according to the blog Blabbeando, which uploaded and translated the clip. "I heard someone talk about 'God's war'! As if we were still in the time of the Crusades. ... It's not good because it establishes, as a society, a place which I don't think any of us wants to have."

Activists in neighboring Chile and Paraguay are hoping to launch a similar campaign after Argentina's vote, the Associated Press reported.

-- Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City

Photo: Argentina's Senate begins to debate a same-sex marriage bill. Credit:

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It really is very simple:

If you are against same sex marriage; then don't have one.

No, no. Who are we to say what or who God hates or doesn't hate. It's very presumptuous.
In any case, I wonder if He hated Argentina when the military dictatorship of the 1970s tortured, killed off and "disappeared" with 30.000 of the country's citizens who wanted more social justice in the country. I'm sure He wasn't thrilled about all that poverty and injustice, even though most religious groups (but fortunately, not all) kept very quiet about all that murdering. Maybe God's just thrilled because the population can now democratically discuss and decide how they want their country to be organized.

Viva la democracia!!

I wasn't under the impression that God hates people or countries....Mary.
People hate people. God, Nature, Entities, whatever you want to call it is kind of beyond that kind of childish thought.


Life must hard for you biblethumpers.

Eating shellfish is also called an abomination in the Bible:
"But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you." (Leviticus 11:10)

So essentially, God see's same-sex marriage to be as sinful as eating at a Red Lobster.

But why does it matter what Christians think (myself included) or the Bible says when it comes to GOVERNMENT laws. You aren't forced to allow same-sex couples to marry in your church. You aren't forced to like same-sex marriage. You aren't force to say that same-sex marriage is not an abomination, you can continue to say that it is an abomination. Are you suddenly going to start to believe that same-sex marriage is acceptable to God? No, your faith will be UNCHANGED by this law.

Leviticus 18:22-23: You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion.

Notice the ALSO. It´╗┐ is a conjunction implying a continuation of thought and a comparison. God looks upon homosexuality in the same way He looks upon beastiality. It is deeply depraved and utterly evil.


same sex marriage is an abomination to God.


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