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Thursday, July 15, 2010

On Gay Marriage in the Pampas.

Argentina is the first country in Latin America to give a green light to same-sex marriage nationwide. Same-sex couples will have the same rights as heterosexuals in terms of adoptions, social security and family time. It follows the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and Iceland.- AFP

Congratulations Argentina.

Thanks to progressive forces at work, Argentina is now the first Latin American country to allow same-sex couples to get married after a landmark senate vote.

We can now say that there are going to be gay families and heterosexual families.

For the time being this inclusiveness is relegated to a few islands of progress in the world, chiefly in Europe and in the south of the Equator. No, not fair. In a few states out of the continental fifty something in the U.S. of A., that is also possible.

It is a pity, really, that in the most advanced of democracies (apparently!), the one north of the Rio Grande, things are limping along. How to get rid of those crutches? Glenn Greenwald puts it adequately here

Ah, we are not to forget that in this one, continentally big, where Order and Progress is the motto, things are just as slow. That, we have learnt, is because religious fundamentalist energies have, so to speak, hijacked our beloved and very own airwaves with their mixture of fire and brimstone plus whatever-their-ideologies-say will happen to those who do not conform.

Conformity? That is the subject, or the object, of another post.

Enbuenahora, hermanos.


  1. I will always find it to be an irony of History that Spain has legalized same-sex marriage and the modern-posing French haven't...

  2. Yes, Spain???!!! Now, there is something to be said about that, Eduardo. We get our ideals of the "Enlightenment" from where? France. Could they be rabid, closeted, anti-equality.....? But then there is a list we could compile, Saramago-like, about other forward-looking nations who have fallen way short of the Avant-Garde. Pity.

  3. Yes, the country that brought you the Inquisition...Spain was way ahead on this...and now of the most machista cultures in Latin America has done can that be?
    But the Argentine people are much too educated and well informed...they haven't bought into the religious hatred and misleading discourse that we have here in America. I suppose that is the difference.
    saludos papi...I am opening a bottle of Argentine wine tonight with dinner.

  4. Cheers, Raulito. And yes, they have flown past the ideological nightmare people are subjected to..


  5. It's so wierd that some of the bigger countries are less progressive in their freedoms. The US needs to take heed - for a newer developed country like Argentina who are principally Catholics to take this step can only be described as "democracy at work".

  6. It is up to them to show the Empire what Vanguardiasm is, Steve.

  7. Mauro, a great victory indeed! The US will eventually get on board the ship of the future, if for no other reason than than embarrassment factor, when much more of the world accepts the GLBTQ community. It may take us a while and we will probably have many setbacks, but I'm confident we'll get there.

  8. We should keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. We see signs, don't we, that things are changing??

  9. Oddly enough, I wonder if it is because the U.S. is such a "great" democracy that equal rights for the LGBTQ community are limping along - in a democracy ALL voices are heard, and therefore the anti-gay voices are heard just as loudly as the pro-gay voices, probably more so since the anti-gay crowd love to shout that much more loudly.

    It took a strong leader - President Lyndon Johnson - to push through equal rights based on race regardless of what the anti-civil rights crowd wanted; and it will take a strong leader to push through equal rights for same-sex couples, but as long as the current administration believes that equal rights for all is something that should be voted upon, we will continue to limp.

  10. Meaning, J.P. that you have your work cut out for you. There is a long road ahead equalitywise. Now, maybe, just maybe, advances in Latin America, may end up influencing policies in the U.S. as we hope they will in Brazil, since, we are told, our leaders don't like to lag behind in whatever is going on in the neighborhood. Our justice system, however, is to be congratulated.