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Argentina Votes to Approve Gay Marriage

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From the AP:

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina became the first Latin American nation to legalize gay marriage Thursday, granting same-sex couples all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexuals.

The law’s passage — a priority for President Cristina Fernandez’s government — has inspired activists to push for similar laws in other countries, and a wave of gay weddings are expected in Buenos Aires. Some gay business leaders are predicting an economic ripple effect from an increase in tourism among gays and lesbians who will see Argentina as an even more attractive destination.

But it also carries political risks for Fernandez and her husband, former President Nestor Kirchner. The vote divided their governing coalition, and while gay rights have strong support in the capital, anti-gay feelings still run strong in much of Argentine society, where the vast majority of people are Roman Catholic.

Argentina in South America now joins Canada in North America as the only nations in the Americas that have nationally sanctioned gay marriage.

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  1. Hi JD, this has me a little torn, as my favorite sister a few years ago after a bad marriage, and two children, has ended up in a relationship with another woman, who as a person I really like. How ever, I do believe marriage is only between a man and a woman, period end of discussion. Now on the other hand what I do not understand, if a person chooses to live in a relationship, be it of sexual nature or not, because there are family’s single parents who for practical reasons live together and share all manner of expenses.
    Why not civil unions. Just a thought. pat

  2. Hi, Pat,

    I’ve been where you are regarding civil unions in place of marriage. Actually I can still find myself in that place from time to time. I think where most of us find common ground is in the understanding that gay and lesbian couples deserve and need equal protection under the law, along with the civil rights that go hand in hand with that protection.

    I’ve found Martin Luther’s take on marriage to be helpful in my own processing of the issue of gay marriage. Luther was not one who was overly fond of officiating marriage ceremonies in the church. His advice to the pastors of his time was that marriage was first and foremost a civil contract between a man and a woman. If people wanted to get married and have the church bless their union, well, fine. But he didn’t hold up marriage as a holy sacrament, and while he didn’t like divorce, he saw it as sometimes necessary to end an awful relationship where love had turned to hate. Again, the primary significance of the union was its benefit to the stability of society. Having said that, he also appreciated the spiritual significance of the union, especially in his own marriage to his wife, Katie.

    I’ve just about come to the place I’ve heard expressed by several folks, namely that gay and lesbian couples ought to have the right to marry and be miserable like the rest of us.

  3. I’ve never been able to process why certain peoples are deemed by certain churches, laypeople and governments to be cast outside of the church, other than outdated fears and prejudices. If two people who love each other want to commit spiritually and combine their lives legally and under God (who everyone says loves all people the same) should be able to marry. Love is not a sin. I applaud you on your stance on this J.D. and your willingness to admit doubts about it.

  4. amen…:)
    Hope you had a nice weekend, still hot here. Last year it rained every other day. This year rain keeps missing us for the most part. Busy weekend, Saturday was our best market day so far this year. A nice boost to a lot of hard labor.

  5. Thanks, Jennifer. I’ve come to know a partnered couple who are raising a couple of little kids. That family isn’t any different than most other families, perhaps with one exception: those are two of the most loving and caring parents I’ve ever met, and the kids are delightful.

    Pat, congrats on the good market day. Stay cool.

  6. Glenn Greenwood

    There isn’t enough love in this world as it is.

    And if two people whatever their gender decide to devote their lives and love to each other, that’s their business and no one elses.

    God help and save us from the “guardians of moral decency” found in so many churches. I’m glad my church is all inclusive and welcomes gay couples.

    Glenn

  7. Glenn Greenwood

    I also meant to say…ARGENTINA??? Not Brazil???!!

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