125 in favour, 109 againstWednesday, May 5, 2010
Lower House votes in favour of same-sex marriage, allows adoption
After an over-than-12-hours debate at the Lower House, deputies finally reached an agreement and have the same-sex marriage a preliminary approval, allowing gay people to get married. An intense debate took place at the room. The Senate is to deal with the issue and give the topic its final resolution.
125 deputies voted in favour and 109, against the resolution. Six deputies abstained from voting. Letting gay couple adopt children was also approved. Both issues still have to be ratified in the Senate.
The debate, which began at 2:30 pm and was called by centre-left parties, took place during a special session that went on late into the night hours. Even though the ruling party had vowed not to muster quorum in any session called by the opposition, they showed up and were debating on the House floor past midnight, making a total of 130 lawmakers present.
Last week's session failed to muster quorum after the ruling party decided not to attend a session in which the opposition was looking to approve an amendment on the Cheque Tax.
Yesterday's session was called by the Proyecto Sur party, which was joined by the UCR, the Civic Coalition, the PRO and the Federal Peronism.
Opposition lawmakers hoped to also debate decree no. 1953, which enables the use of foreign reserves to service public debt.