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In Latin America, Only Argentine Leader Stands with Obama on Gay Marriage (La Informacion, U.S.)


“Apart from the president of Argentina, few Latin American presidents have spoken on the subject, and those that have are adversaries of equal rights for homosexual couples."


Translated By Florizul Acosta-Perez


May 10, 2012


United States - La Informacion – Original Article (Spanish)

Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner: the only head of state in Latin America to come out in favor of gay marriage.

TELESUR NEWS, VENEZUELA [STATE RUN]: Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner refers to Obama's statement on gay marriage, May 10, 00:00:48RealVideo

BOGOTA: President of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is the only Latin American leader to openly support gay marriage – an issue that raises passions and has the potential to significantly add or subtract votes.


In 2010, a year before her reelection and almost two years before U.S. President Barack Obama, President Fernández pushed legislation in favor of gay marriage - a legal project that made Argentina, on July 15, the first country in Latin America to do so. With the law, passed on that day, Argentina became a "more egalitarian society," in the words of Fernández.


Apart from the president of Argentina, few Latin American presidents have spoken on the subject, and those that have are adversaries of equal rights for homosexual couples.


Today Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño argued against the views of President Obama on promoting the legalization of gay marriage.


"I reaffirm that marriage is a union between a man and a woman," said Fortuño, president of the Nuevo Progresista Party, who like Obama, seeks to retain his position at the polls this November.


As a Democratic presidential candidate in 2008, Obama threw his support behind civil unions between people of the same sex, but expressed opposition to marriage. However, by the end of 2010, he said his position on the subject was “evolving,” and finally yesterday, he declared himself in favor, which analysts consider is a long shot before the next election.


Since Obama made the announcement of his change of mind, both congratulations and criticism have been pouring in.


Among those who have received Obama’s declaration with joy and gratitude is Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, who doesn’t hide his homosexuality and described the president’s words as "historic."


Among those who have cried out to heaven is the cardinal of New York, Timothy Dolan, who warned that Catholic bishops "will not remain silent.”


The Catholic Church, with its tremendous influence in Latin America, is leading voice against gay marriage in the region.


In Argentina, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio called the campaign the church’s 2010 campaign against that nation’s homosexual marriage law a "war on God." It passed the Senate with 33 votes in favor, 27 against, and 3 abstentions.


NU, The Netherlands: Marriage in America: ‘Man, Woman and God’
Guardian, U.K.: How Obama's Gay Marriage Move Changes Presidential Race
CenarioMT, Brazil: Gay Marriage: 70 Years from Disease to Presidential Blessing
The Zimbabwe Mail, Zimbabwe: Obama's Gay Stance Called ‘Worst Form of Satanism’
La Informacion, U.S.: In Latin America, Only Argentine Leader Stands with Obama
Liberation, France: Mr. Obama and Gay Marriage: ‘Courage’
Mail & Guardian, South Africa: South Africa: Pride, Vigilance, on Gay Rights
Globa & Mail, Canada: From Obama, a Bid to Broaden Stream of American Life
Toronto Star, Canada: Obama Tilts Scales Toward Compassion and Equity
Macleans, Canada: Obama Passes the Leadership Test
Irish Times, Ireland Mr. Obama's 'Brave and Welcome' Move
Irish Examiner, Ireland: Let's Be Honest About How We Live Our Lives
Independent, U.K.: 'Full Marks' to President Barack Obama
Independent, U.K.: At last, Obama Asks U.S. to Open Door to Acceptance
Guardian, U.K. Obama's Historic Affirmation of Gay Marriage
Economist, U.K.: Good for Obama; But Bad for Gay Marriage
Telegraph, U.K.: Import of U.S. Culture War Backfires on Cameron



In the United States, gay marriage is only recognized in a few states. On Tuesday in North Carolina, an amendment to the state constitution was passed expressly banning same-sex marriage.


Across the entire territory of Canada, gay marriage has been recognized since 2005, and not even the conservative government of Stephen Harper, who was elected Prime Minister in 2011, wants to change things.


Harper himself has said that "Canadians aren’t interested in re-opening the debate,” and Attorney General Rob Nicholson said recently that the government has intention of doing so.


Chile President Sebastián Piñera, a conservative, although he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, supported a law in parliament  known as the Life Partner Agreement [Acuerdo de Vida en Pareja], which legalized de facto unions, including those between people of the same sex.


"There is no single type of family; families come in many forms and expressions ... All those families deserve respect, deserve dignity, and deserve - and now have - the support of the state," President Piñera said when he signed the bill into law in August, 2011.


Mexico President Felipe Calderón, another conservative, says that he respects the sexual preferences of each person, but regarding the gay marriage, he refers to his nation’s constitution.

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"The Constitution of the Republic explicitly states that marriage is between a man and a woman, and simply put, there is a legal debate that must be decided by the courts; this has nothing to do with any political intent or prejudice," he said.


Right now, gay marriage is only possible in the Mexico’s Federal District, where it was legalized in 2010.


In Cuba, where homosexuality was persecuted and homosexuals were put into internment camps in the sixties and early seventies, the National Center of Sex Education (CENESEX), overseen by a daughter President Rauk Castro, Mariela Castro, fights for the respect of sexual diversity.


CENESEX has this far failed persuade the Cuban Parliament to take up a bill amending the Family Code on issues like legal union between homosexual couples.


CENESEX has failed so far to try their Cuban Parliament bill to amend the Family Code with aspects such as the legal union between gay couples.


In Peru, President Ollanta Humala promised during his recent campaign that he would guarantee the human rights of people with different sexual orientations, but so far there has been little progress in that direction.


When she was still was a presidential candidate, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was in favor of civil unions for people of the same sex – and for protecting their civil rights. Now that she is president, she has announced that her government will fight homophobia, but "will not allow any (public) agency to popularize sexual options."


None of the presidents in Central America has spoken out in favor or against gay marriage, except for Guatemala President Otto Pérez, who said while still a candidate last October that he did not favor gay marriage on the grounds that “it isn’t natural."




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