Argentine Senate considers same-sex marriage law

July 15, 2010 08:09


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BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's senators debated in a marathon session early Thursday as they prepared to vote on whether to make their nation the first in Latin America to grant same-sex marriages all the rights of heterosexual unions.

The gay marriage proposal has the firm support of President Cristina Fernandez, but is strongly opposed by the Roman Catholic Church and evangelical groups, which drew 60,000 people to a march on Congress on the eve of the pivotal vote.

Approved by Argentina's lower house in May, gay marriage would automatically become law if approved by a Senate majority, but with each senator voting his or her conscience, the outcome was anything but clear.

Voting wasn't expected to begin until sometime early Thursday morning.

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