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(02/23/07) -

Urban Argentines Support Same-Sex Marriage

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many residents of Argentina’s capital have no issue with same-sex couples getting married, according to a poll by Analog­as released by P¡gina 12. 73.1 per cent of respondents in Buenos Aires agree with gay and lesbian weddings.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many residents of Argentina’s capital have no issue with same-sex couples getting married, according to a poll by Analog­as released by P¡gina 12. 73.1 per cent of respondents in Buenos Aires agree with gay and lesbian weddings.

Same-sex marriage is currently illegal in Argentina, although the country was the first in Latin America to authorize same-sex civil unions in 2003. This legislation does not contemplate several rights currently available for married couples, such as inheritance, adoption, or a survivor’s pension in the event one of the partners dies. Two regions allow gay and lesbian civil unions: the province of R­o Negro and the federal district autonomous city of Buenos Aires.

According to the Buenos Aires Civil Registry Office, 344 civil unions were recorded in 2006. Of these, 239 involve heterosexual couples, 65 involve male same-sex couples, and 40 involve female same-sex couples.

Argentina’s Congress is scheduled to review in October whether same-sex and heterosexual civil unions should have equal rights. The proposal was developed by an umbrella organization, known as the Argentinean Homosexual Community (CHA).

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada and South Africa, and at least 18 countries offer some form of legal recognition to same-sex unions.

Polling Data

Do you agree o disagree with same-sex marriage?

Agree

73.1%

Disagree

25.6%

Not sure

1.3%

Source: Analog­as / P¡gina 12
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 400 adults in Buenos Aires, conducted in February 2006. Margin of error is 4.5 per cent.