(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Argentina are against same-sex marriage, according to a poll by Poliarquía Consultores. 60 per cent of respondents disagree with allowing homosexual couples to get married.

In Argentina, the cities of Buenos Aires, Villa Carlos Paz and Río Cuarto—along with the province of Río Negro—allow heterosexual and homosexual couples to enter into civil unions.

In November 2009, a Buenos Aires court approved the marriage of a same-sex couple, claiming that two articles in the Civil Code were unconstitutional. In late December, the couple wed in Tierra del Fuego, with the consent of provincial governor Fabiana Ríos.

Catholic bishop Juan Carlos Romanin of the southern city of Rio Gallegos expressed dismay at the marriage, declaring, "The decision took me by surprise and I’m concerned. (…) [It is] an attack against the survival of the human species."

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway and Sweden. At least 20 countries offer some form of legal recognition to same-sex unions.

Polling Data

Do you agree or disagree with allowing homosexual couples to get married?

Agree

35%

Disagree

60%

Not sure

5%

Source: Poliarquía Consultores
Methodology: Interviews with 1,000 Argentine adults, conducted in December 2009. Margin of error is 3.3 per cent.