Mexico City, the first city in Latin America to legalize gay marriage, has offered a free vacation to the first gay married couple in Argentina, which became the first country in Latin America to approve gay marriage.
It is definitely an offer intended to advertise gay-friendly tourism, which many cities have sought to promote, but Mexico City´s offer is not as random as it might appear at first: the two locales have both legalized gay marriage in Latin America.
Mexico City did so last year. And after more than 14 hours of a heated debate and warring words, Argentina today became the first country in Latin America to embrace same-sex marriage nationwide.
Argentina's Senate early Thursday passed the bill 33-27 to grant same-sex couples all the legal rights of marriage that heterosexual couples enjoy.
The bill had been passed in May by Argentina's lower house, and is firmly supported by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who is expected to sign it into law when she returns later this week from a state visit to China.
The debate pitted traditional voices and the Roman Catholic Church against President Fernandez and widespread public sentiment. Nearly 70 percent of Argentines support same-sex marriage, according to a June survey by Buenos Aires-based firm Analogias. Just seven years ago, a poll found that nearly half of all Argentines opposed a law that legalized civil unions in the capital.