Argentina Moving Toward Gay Marriage Rights
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: March 1, 2007 - 12:01 am ET
(Buenos Aires) Legislation will be presented
in Argentina's Parliament this fall that would give same-sex couples all of the
rights of marriage.
Currently the law limits marriage to opposite-sex
couples. However the country does afford gay and lesbian couples some rights
including inheritance, adoption and survivor pensions.
Two regions of the country permit civil unions - the
province of R�o Negro and the federal district of Buenos Aires.
In 2003 Rio Negro became the first area in South
America to permit civil unions.
A poll released this week shows that
three-quarters of those surveyed in the capital believe gays and lesbians should
be allowed to marry. Only 25 percent disagreed.
The national civil unions bill would give
same-sex couples all of the rights of marriage without the name. It was
written with the support of the country's largest LGBT civil rights group, the Argentinean Homosexual Community.
Same-sex marriage is currently legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain,
Canada, South Africa and the state of Massachusetts. At least 18 countries offer some form of legal
recognition to same-sex unions.
In 2005 a judge ordered prison authorities in
central Argentine province of C�rdoba to allow conjugal visits between gay
prisoners and their partners.
The Catholic Church is opposed to any legal
recognition of same-sex relationships and has vowed to fight the proposed