Argentinas Same Sex Marriage Bill Awaits Presidents Signing

07.15.10 | FL News Team

(Buenos Aires)  --  Argentina may soon become the first South American nation to allow same-sex marriage.  After more than 14 hours of heated debate, Argentina's Senate passed a gay marriage bill on Thursday while thousands protested outside of the Senate building.  Argentine President Cristina Fernandez supports the measure and she is expected to sign it into law.

Polls reveal the majority of the country's residents support same-sex marriage, but do not support a gay couple adopting children together, something the current bill allows for.  Fernandez's support of the bill has created friction with the Roman Catholic Church.  The archbishop of Buenos Aires opposes the adoption clause, saying a child needs role models that are "both a father and mother."  Buenos Aires has long been known as a gay-friendly tourist destination.