But now, Argentina also has legalized same sex marriage. All that is needed to make it official is the signature of their (woman) president, Christina Fernandez.
Do I even have to say what a big deal this is? I didn't think so. This article provides the highlights:
Argentine Senate Backs Bill Legalising Gay MarriageThe Argentine Senate Debate continued until the early hours of Thursday
Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage after the Senate voted in favour.
The country's Chamber of Deputies had already approved the legislation.
The vote in the Senate, which backed the bill by just six votes, came after 14 hours of at times heated debate.
Now, don't think that everyone was all happy about this legislation, though. Not everyone is:
The law, which also allows same-sex couples to adopt, had met with fierce opposition from the Catholic Church and other religious groups.
Outside Congress, as the debate continued into the early hours of Thursday, supporters and opponents of the bill held rival demonstrations.
"Nearly every political and social figure has spoken out in favour of marriage equality," said Maria Rachid, president of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals.
"And we hope that the Senate reflects this and that Argentina, from today forward, is a more just country for all families," she told the Associated Press.
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What a great day for the people of Argentina, affirming the inherent worth of all of their citizens, and affording all their citizens the same rights. What a concept. My hat's off to them.
In case you are wondering, they also dropped their ban against openly gay people serving in their military in 2009. To me, it just begs the question: If Argentina can do it, why can't we?
And now for that tango: