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(11/18/09) -

Most Argentineans Support Same-Sex Marriage

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – An overwhelming majority of people in Argentina would favour allowing people of the same sex to marry, according to a poll by Analogías released by Crítica. 66.3 per cent of respondents in six cities support legalizing same-sex marriage.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – An overwhelming majority of people in Argentina would favour allowing people of the same sex to marry, according to a poll by Analogías released by Crítica. 66.3 per cent of respondents in six cities support legalizing same-sex marriage.

Last week, a court in Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, declared that two articles in the Civil Code—which state that only people of opposing sexes can marry—are illegal, thereby opening the door for same-sex marriages.

The ruling is applicable only in Buenos Aires. Same-sex marriage remains illegal in the rest of the South American country, where civil unions between people of the same sex enjoy some but not all of the rights granted to heterosexual couples.

Judge Gabriela Seijas wrote in her ruling: "The law should treat each person with equal respect in relation to each person’s singularities without the need to understand or regulate them."

The capital city’s mayor, Mauricio Macri, agreed with the ruling, saying it is a "very important step," and adding, "We have to live together and accept reality. The world is headed in that direction."

Polling Data

Do you support or oppose legalizing same-sex marriage in Argentina?

Support

66.3%

Oppose

23.1%

Source: Analogías / Crítica
Methodology: Interviews with 800 Argentinean adults in six cities, conducted in October 2009. No margin of error was provided.