Argentina legalizes the freedom to marry in historic vote

Argentina legalized marriage for same-sex couples on Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America to grant gays and lesbians all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexual couples.

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Video: Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner - fierce advocate

Days before the Argentinean senate was to vote on a historic marriage equality bill (the vote is today), President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner voiced her strongest support yet for the bill.

Kirchner, who is in a diplomatic visit to China and won't be in Argentina when the vote takes place, has said that she will not veto the bill if it arrives on her desk after the senate vote. The lower House of Deputies already approved a version of the bill.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson: Marriage equality? Why not?

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says he supports the freedom to marry and wants to be mayor again for Worldpride, which London will be hosting in 2012.

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Video: Spanish Prime Minister on the importance of the freedom to marry

Excerpts from a speech by Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero about the importance and value of marriage equality. The video is subtitled in English.

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Mexico City sees 271 weddings of same-sex couples in 4 months

Mexico City has seen 271 gay and lesbian couples get married since the capital enacted the first law in Latin America explicitly honoring marriages of same-sex couples.

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Video: Argentian (Spanish language/subtitled) ad in support of the freedom to marry

Check out this powerful ad (Spanish language/subtitled) in support of the freedom to marry in Argentina.

Interesting connections to the past and their relevance to marriage equality today are highlighted.

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UK considers religious ceremonies for same-sex couples

Britain's government is considering letting same-sex couples include religious elements in civil partnership ceremonies.

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Gay U.S. citizens seek to claim residency for foreign spouses

An immigration reform measure proposed by an Illinois congressman would give the foreign partners of gay U.S. citizens a route to citizenship.

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Spain celebrates 5 years of the freedom to marry

Spain's marriage equality law turned five on July 3. Passage of the law in the Roman Catholic nation turned Spain into a gay rights leader.

Since then, 10,317 male couples and 5,063 female couples have married, 1.55% of the nation's total marriages, Madrid-based daily 'El Pais' reported.

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Voice for Equality: Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue is an Australian pop singer, songwriter, and actress. After beginning her career as a child actress on Australian television, she achieved recognition through her role in the television soap opera "Neighbours" before commencing her career as a recording artist in 1987. Her first single, "Locomotion", spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian singles chart and became the highest selling single of the decade. Minogue returned to prominence in 2000 with the single "Spinning Around" and the dance-oriented album "Light Years", and she performed during the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Her music videos showed a more sexually provocative and flirtatious personality and several hit singles followed. "Can't Get You Out of My Head" reached number one in more than 40 countries, and the album Fever (2001) was a hit throughout the world, including the United States, a market in which Minogue had previously received little recognition.

In June of 2010, Ms. Minogue told a million-strong crowd at Madrid Pride what she thought about the freedom to marry: "Well, I think it should be allowed! I mean, how many countries have caught up with it by now? The earth didn’t cave in. If it’s love, it’s love. And that’s it. That’s all that matters."

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