Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pro, anti same-sex marriage demonstrators set camp in Congress

Buenos Aires Herald
July 13, 2010

After a more-than-thirteen-hour debate in which religious, political and civil issues aroused, the Upper House finally passed the same-sex marriage bill with 33 votes in favour and 27 against. Three senators abstained from voting and 9 were absent. The bill, which already posted a preliminary approval in the Lower House, turns Argentina into the first Latin American country to allow gay couples to get married.

Some senators surprised with their voting, but the initiative was highly approved by the Senate's provisional president José Pampuro, who assured he was to vote in favour in case he had to.