Argentine approves same-sex marriage

10:14, July 16, 2010      

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Members of Argentinian Senate discuss on the approval of homosexual couples in Buenos Aires, July 15, 2010. Argentina became the first Latin American country to recognize by law marriages between homosexual people Thursday. (Xnhua/Telam)

A vote Thursday at the Argentine Senate made Argentina the first country in Latin America legalizing homosexual marriage, according to Los Angeles Times.

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is expected to sign it soon. The hard-gained outcome came after a 14-hour-long debate, 33 voted yes, 27 no, and 3 abstained.

The law allows same-sex couples to marry, adopt and inherit property, among other rights.

Staunch opposition from the still-powerful Roman Catholic Church as well as Christian evangelical groups makes the passing of the law a hard-won battle.

On Tuesday, more than 60,000 opponents attended a massive rally protesting the bill.
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