Bill is being praised as "historic" by manyThursday, July 15, 2010
World press echoes same-sex marriage landmark decision
Newspapers from all over the world echoed and praised the Argentine Senate's decision to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, making the country the first in Latin America and the tenth around the world to grant equal rights to homosexual couples.
Most of the dailies celebrated the achievement, calling it "historic" and branding Argentina as a "pioneer country."
US online news site "The Huffington Post" celebrated the landmark decision by having the headline in Spanish. "Matrimonio para todos!" (Marriage for all!) it read, in Spanish, featuring a photograph of several same-sex marriage activists in front of the Argentine Congress yesterday.
Also, Spain's "El País" said the measure was "historic" while adding that it was hard to believe that certain issues were still being debated on the 21st century. "Spain was certainly an example when it came to legalizing same-sex marriage in other countries," the paper's website remarked.
The Washington Post said the new bill was "sure to bring a wave of marriages by gays and lesbians who have increasingly found Buenos Aires to be more accepting than many other places in the region."
Evan Wolfson, who runs the US "Freedom to Marry" lobby organization, said the bill showed "how far Argentina has come, from dictatorship to true democratic values," and urged US lawmakers to "stand up for the Constitution and all families in the United States. America should lead, not lag," he stated.
At the same time, Venezuela's "El Universal" called Argentina "a pioneer" on the equal rights movement, while Brazilian "Folha da Sao Paulo" praised the measure for being the first in Latin America.
French paper "Le Monde" highlighted the fact that the decision had taken place on a July 14th, which coincidentally fell on the anniversary of the French Revolution.
To conclude, New York based website Gawker.com added, with some humour, that "not only gays will be able to adopt, but also, steaks in Argentina are great!"
Argentina has certainly made it to the front covers today.