Argentina becomes first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage
Argentina has just become the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage. The Senate passed a bill on Thursday morning after a lengthy debate, according to the Telam news agency, reports CNN.
The bill, which was endorsed by the President Cristina Kirchner, not only legalizes gay marriage, but also allows the couples to adopt.
The upper house voted 33-27 for the proposal after 14 hours of debate, according to Reuters. The bill had already passed the lower chamber of Congress.
The New York Times reports that 70% of Argentinians support marriage equality.
Recently, Argentina’s highest-ranking Catholic prelate called the gay marriage bill a “machination” of the devil.
Gay marriage became legal in Mexico City in March earlier this year.