Argentina passes gay marriage laws. In n Argentina Senate vote of 33-27with a debate that lasted well into the morning of July 16, 2010, Argentina became the first country in South America to legalize same sex marriage. Local newpapers report that the debate regarding the issue lasted until 4:00 a.m. in Buenos Aires.
The first gay marriage in Argentina occured in December 2009 between Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre due to a "legal loophole." Argentinian officials quickly tied the knot on the "loophole" and through a historic vote, may have succeeded to push an international movement across the globe for same sex marriage.
Evan Wolfson, of Freedom to Marry, issued a statement responding to the new legislature. Wolfson stated the "key to Argentina's human rights achievement was strong leadership from legislators and the president. It is timewe see more of our own elected officials standing up for the Constitution and all families here in the United States. America should lead, not lag, when it comes to treating everyone equally under the law."