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    January 08, 2010

    Latin States of America lead US of A

    Posted by: Chris

    Jose socrates gay marriage
    When I was a senior in high school, homosexuality was a crime punishable in prison in Portugal. Today, that country's parliament adopted a gay marriage law. Passage of the marriage equality legislation comes as welcome news just one day after the New Jersey Senate defeated a similar measure, with Democrats splitting 13-10, much as they had in the New York Senate last year.

    Alex jose argentina gay marriage It's ironic to see so much progress in Catholic-dominated Hispanic countries. Portugal follows Spain, of course, in extending marriage to same-sex couples. Just last month, Argentina married its first gay couple, and the Districto Federal in Mexico, containing the largest city in either America, beat our nation's capital to the punch with its own gay marriage law

    Even Portugal's former colony, my beloved Brazil, is moving faster toward gay marriage than the good ole U.S. of A.  This week Presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva presented a proposal for remaking Brazilian human rights laws and contained within was a provision for same-sex marriage. Already Brazil recognizes gay relationships for immigration purposes, albeit through a complicated judicial process.

    As groundbreaking as the election of Barack Obama was, he now lags behind the president of Brazil, which matches our own country in macho culture and in the influence religious conservatives.

    Lula obama gay marriage
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    via Associated Press: Portuguese Prime Minister José Socrates threw his goverrnment's support behind the gay marriage proposal adopted today.)

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    1. Strict Scrutiny on Jan 8, 2010 10:17:58 PM:

      Good post Chris, and entirely accurate. It's hard to believe that Latin America and Iberia are so far ahead of the U.S. on this issue.

      I think it's also noteworthy that Uruguay, Ecuador, and I think Colombia have nationwide civil unions.

    1. Carlos on Jan 9, 2010 11:06:01 AM:

      Is this new law for actual gay marriage, or the sub standard civil partnerships, or civil unions or life partnerships or such like equivalent?

    1. Strict Scrutiny on Jan 9, 2010 2:09:16 PM:

      Carlos:

      As I understand it, the Portuguese law is for marriage, not civil unions or domestic partnership.

    1. rtiludhiana on Jan 10, 2010 11:02:12 AM:

      The NGO Ludhiana Welfare Organization (Regd.) motto is welfare of all community in the world. It is necessary that one should know his right & duties toward nation and what are the duties of govt. to public? We have started a NGO LWO the website www.rtiludhiana.com to create awareness among the citizens to use Right to Information Act to get their work done in the government departments. This Act RTI will bring transperancy and accountability in the bureaucracy.

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