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Argentine Senate begins ‘gay marriage public hearing tour’

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The Argentine Parliament´s lower chamber voted to legalize gay marriage last month. Now the South American nation’s Senate is taking its turn to debate whether to take a historic step.

The first in a series of Public Hearings was held Tuesday in the Senate. LGBT activists, Human Rights groups, lawyers and intellectuals offered their opinions in favor of legalizing gay marriage.

These hearings will be held in several provinces across Argentina in June. Observers expect that opinions against gay marriage will be expressed in the hearings, especially in northern provinces like Salta or Catamarca, where the Catholic Church is still powerful and its lobby more efficient than in the country´s more liberal capital, Buenos Aires.

Still, LGBT activists support the hearings, because they believe debate and communication with a broader national population will build public support for same-sex marriage.

Debate will return to the senate after July 1st, when the last public hearing will take place. Lawmakers will digest the opinions expressed across the country. LGBT activists expect the Senate will then approve the gay marriage bill by mid july.

–Marcos Federman in Buenos Aires

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Written by OutQ News staff

June 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Posted in Legislation, Marriage

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