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Marriage Equality in Argentina

Last night, after hours of votes and vigils, lawmakers in Argentina voted to become the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriages nation-wide. Lawmakers in the mostly Catholic country spent nearly 16 hours debating the issue, before deciding to grant all of the protections, rights and responsibilities of marriage to same-sex couples.

With President Cristina Fernandez supporting marriage equality in Argentina, the decision is set to become law, making Argentina part of 12 nations on 4 different continents that recognize same-sex marriage.

While lawmakers from both sides in the South American nation had plenty to say about the vote, the most appropriate reference to the vote may be that of Argentinean Senator Daniel Filmus; "Society has grown up. We aren't the same as we were before."

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