Today the first gay marriage took place in Buenos Aires. Damian Bernath and Jorge Salazar were married at 10am in a civil registry along with close friends and family. There were several appeals against the marriage, but they failed to stop the ceremony.
The first gay marriage in Argentina took place on 28 December 2009 in the southern city of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. Alex Freyre and Jose Di Bello had planned to marry in Buenos Aires on World Aids Day, 1 December, but a federal judge suspended their wedding permit.
Maria Rachid, president of the Argentine Federation for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders (FALGBT) said today about the wedding “Everything was normal and the city government did not appeal the ruling.” She also commented that the organisation would now be campaigning for Congress to change the law and legalise marriage for all. Since the marriage of Alex Freyre and Jose Di Bellow, nearly 250 same-sex couples from across Argentina have contacted FALGBT stating that they want to get married. In the first two months of 2010, the organisation has helped submit 60 marriage requests from same-sex couples.
Argentina became the first Latin American country to allow civil unions by same-sex couples in 2001. Civil unions allow couples some legal marital rights, but not the same as a marriage, such as the ability to adopt, social security and other benefits. In December 2009, Mexico was the first country in Latin American to allow same-sex marriages.