Thursday, July 15, 2010

Argentina can cry for the USA!

Felicitaciones CHE, BOLUDO!  With the full support of its PRESIDENT, Argentina today became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage.  Lo podes creer?  Lo que paso en el CULO DEL MUNDO?  Aparentamente, los gays son seres humanos con derechos iguales y todo.  Imaginate!

Apparently, one of the senators in arguing for the rights of same-sex couples to marry quoted our deist founding father Thomas Jefferson.  Incredible how a Catholic country like Argentina, where I spent a whole year and made so many friends, pulls itself up from the mire of an evil dictatorship to become more democratic than the "all men are created equal" country Thomas Jefferson helped found.  Him and his slaves.

South Africa, despite its ongoing struggles, today has the world's most liberal and inclusive constitution - including marriage equality.  Does it take apartheid; does it take something like Argentina's brutal dirty war for a democracy to understand what it means to let freedom ring?

1 comment:

Tony said...

Hey Jesse -

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Argentina is a great affirmation of a basic human right.
The interesting legal detail is that in contrast to the US, in Argentina (and in most European countries) before the new law, hetero marriage was a civil process. In other words, couples were considered fully married, with all rights, after a civil ceremony at the courthouse, or mayor's office or whatever.
A "church" wedding is a separate add-on and a completely optional thing. The new law in Argentina simply extends that situation to same-sex couples.
Put another way, church and state are completely separate in Argentina when it comes to marriage. Just as Thomas Jefferson said it should be.

Gene Robinson, the gay Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire has said this:

"In this country, it has become very confusing about where the civil action begins and ends and where the religious action begins and ends, because we have asked clergy to be agents of the state..."
He said that "untangling" the roles of clergy and government would focus discussion of same-sex marriage on civil rights rather than religion.
Just like Thomas Jefferson said.
An Argentinian legislator made the same connection you did to the former dictatorship there:
Sen. Norma Morandini, an member of the president's party, compared the discrimination that gays face to the oppression imposed by Argentina's dictators decades ago. 'What defines us is our humanity, and what runs against humanity is intolerance,' she said."
Hopefully our Supreme Court, when the Prop 8 case comes before it, will also see it's time to end the oppression here.