Source: Venezuela Analysis
Argentina made history yesterday morning after a vociferously debated proposal permitting same sex marriage passed the country’s Senate by a vote of 33-27.
The country now has the honor of claiming that it is Latin America’s first to end the institutionally discriminatory practice of prohibiting gay marriage. It is a measure that should be applauded by all those who are opposed to inequality and oppression based on sexual orientation.
Of course, the new law did not pass easily as opponents of the proposal were well organized and well funded. Leading the opposition were, predictably, the conservative elements of the Catholic Church whose influence in Argentina and Latin America continues to be enormous. But the fact that such a measure could pass in a country where 91% of the population considers itself to be catholic is an inspiration for Latin America and the rest of the world.