Argentina’s President signed marriage bill today: ‘We have given more equality’

Argentina’s President signed the country’s new marriage legislation into law today. And, she gave an eloquent speech about equality:

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner enacted the same-sex marriage law during a speech given at Government House. She stated that “this has been a construction, because we haven’t enacted a law, but a social construction that is transversal, diverse, and all-encompassing.”

“This belongs to the society that built it, and I appreciate everyone’s efforts and I evade petty policies. We mustn’t impair what’s important. This creates institutional quality. We have given more equality,” she assured.

Okay. I know it’s a pipe dream, but I am still hoping that someday, in the not too distant future, we’ll watch the President of the United States sign legislation granting full equality. But, we’re so far from that, I’d settle for having the Obama administration not defend discriminatory laws like DADT and DOMA in the courts.

But, in Argentina at least, they have more equality.

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