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2,697 Gay Couples Have Tied The Knot In Argentina

Last year Argentinean government approved a law to legalize gay marriage, since then 2,697 gay couples have tied the knot.

The Associated Press reports:

It has been a big year for gay marriages in Argentina: Since the country became the first in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriages, a total of 2,697 gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot.

That?s according to Argentina?s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federation. It says 60 percent of the weddings were between men, and the province with the most such weddings was Buenos Aires.

But gays say not all has been rosy since Argentina?s congress approved the law on July 15, 2010. They say they still have trouble persuading civil authorities to register their children under both names.

Buenos Aires Herald Adds:

Over 2.600 gay couples wedded in Argentina since the Argentinean Congress passed a bill allowing same sex marriage to be carried out in the country a year ago. Around 60% of the celebrated marriages involved men according to the National Federation of Lesbians, gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals.

The organization?s estimates account moreover for 20 to 25 weddings of homosexuals kids of openly gay parents. Argentina, a catholic state according to the constitution, ? has taken a giant step towards the equality of rights. Nonetheless, the legislation does not address discrimination, still there is a lot to be done,? the head of the Federation Esteban Paul?n said. ?We have accounts of couples who were evicted from their homes and also who lost their jobs after announcing getting married,? he added.