Supporters of same-sex marriage unfurl a pride flag outside Congress in Buenos Aires. [AP Photo.]
Yesterday, Argentina's Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Their lower chamber of Congress had already passed the legislation, and President Cristina Kirchner has already vowed to sign the bill when it crosses her desk.
The bill not only grants same-sex couples the right to marry—it also confers all the rights associated with marriage in Argentina, including the ability to adopt children.
Argentina is the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, and did so despite strong protests from the Catholic Church, to which President Kirchner responded: "They are portraying this as a religious moral issue and as a threat to 'the natural order,' when what we are really doing is looking at a reality that is already there. It would be a terrible distortion of democracy if they denied minorities their rights."
What I wouldn't give for a president who'd say the same.