Argentina: Gay couples celebrate second anniversary of marriage law
Gay couples in Argentina are celebrating the second anniversary of a law giving them the right to marry.
More than 6,000 gay couples have tied the knot since Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the law on July 21st 2010.
Argentina was the first Latin American country to grant marriage equality.
Since then, the country has passed a bill giving transgender citizens the right to have their gender recognised in law.
Hormone therapy and reassignment surgery will also become available by law for transgender people who will be able to change their officially recorded gender without prior medical or judicial approval.
Argentina’s marriage equality law was approved in the face of strong opposition from church groups. The Pope’s number one in the country, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, even claimed it was the work of the devil.