On a day like today 11 years ago, the Equal Marriage Act, another conquest of the LGBT + community. On July 15, 2010, the Argentina became the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to grant this right, and fifteenth in the world. A fairer and more egalitarian place. Two weeks after its entry into force, in Santiago del Estero, José Luis Navarro and Miguel Calefato they became the first couple to get married.
Between 2010 and the end of June 2020 they took shape 5,924 equal marriages in the civil status of the city of Buenos Aires, i.e. 4.48% of the total unions formalized in the said institution during the same period (a total of 132,226)
“One of the main arguments of the detractors of the rule was that our partners were not stable and that it was therefore not opportune to give them so much formality”, he recalled. Marie rachid, head of the Institute against Discrimination of the City Ombudsman’s Office in Telam.
But this argument has been refuted by statistics. Since 2010, only 88 divorces have been registered and the first was only in 2017, representing about 0.13% of this type of record out of a total of 70,387. As Rachid explained to TelamIt “doesn’t have to do with the fact that our relationships are so different from heterosexual relationships, but rather that in order to become families we have to break away from a lot of mandates and that involves more thought.”
“Since July 15, we are a better society thanks to the whole LGBTI + community, to people like Vilma Ibarra who made the project a reality and to Cristina Fernández, responsible for its implementation”, said Alberto Fernández on his official Twitter account.
Esteban Paulon, wrote on the site of the LGBT + Public Policy Institute of which he is the executive director: “With over 24,000 equal marriages celebrated, we continue to contribute, of personnel and politicians, to enlighten an indigenous-egalitarian generation, for which these acquired rights are a base from which to achieve all that is still lacking ”.
“From the law, spaces of diversity have been opened in national ministries but also in provincial and municipal governments which have generated public policies for our families and our community; and whenever something is approved in Congress, the perspective of diversity is taken into account, as has happened with the femicide law, the assisted human reproduction law or the new Civil Code ”, a- he declared. Marie rachid, head of the Institute against Discrimination of the City Ombudsman’s Office.
According to him Article 20 of the National Constitution the foreign people enjoy the same civil rights as citizens, therefore, are allowed to marry in the country in accordance with established laws.
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