On July 15, 2010, following a tense, 15-hour debate until 4am, Argentina’s Senate voted in favor of same-sex marriage. The vote was 33 lawmakers in favor and 27 against, despite a concerted campaign by the Catholic Church and a U.S. Mormon letter to members in Argentina. Opinion polls showed a majority of Argentines support gay marriage.
Since the lower house already approved the measure, and President Christina Fernandez is a strong supporter, it becomes law as soon as it is published in the official bulletin.
Upon hearing the news, Evan Wolfson, founder of the U.S. group “Freedom to Marry,” urged U.S. lawmakers to stand up for the Constitution and all families here in the United States. He said, “America should lead, not lag, when it comes to treating everyone equally under the law.”