Marcelo Ferreyra in Time Magazine: A Brief History of International Gay Marriage

By Dan Fastenberg

…On the evening of July 21, the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, convened a ceremony at the Casa Rosada government house in downtown Buenos Aires to formally sign into law a bill legalizing gay marriage…

…The push to assert the supremacy of secular civil law over a religious authority that once held legal sway has also fueled the legalization of gay marriage in Portugal (2010) and Spain (2005). Both measures came at the behest of left-of-center governments looking to entrench civil authority in countries just three decades removed from Catholic dictatorships.

"The aggressive action of the Catholic Church during the current debate [in Argentina] has only exacerbated a loathing that already exists within the population towards the Catholic hierarchy," said Marcelo Ernesto Ferreyra, the Latin America/Caribbean coordinator for the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) based out of Buenos Aires, via e-mail. He went on to highlight other moments when the Church has lost prestige in Argentina, such as during the debate in the 1980s over divorce, which was made legal in the country in 1987…

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