Argentina Approves Family Equality.

It’s been a long night waiting for confirmation, but Argentina has just become the latest country, and the fourth strongly Catholic country, to approve family equality, even in the face of vigorous, highly visible,  opposition by the Catholic  Church. (Note that I do not describe this as “gay marriage”. The legislation which has been approved includes much more than just provision for same -sex marriage.)

Rainbow Flag Outside the Argentinian Parliament!

What is particularly pleasing to me was that while the political argument in favour was based on human rights grounds, many of the supportive politicians made clear that their support was because of their Catholic faith, which emphasized the importance of respect for those human rights.

In their marathon debate, a number of senators in the 72-member upper house referred to their Catholic beliefs in presenting their reasons for opposing or supporting the bill.

-Momento24

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The Greatest Pride of All?

Last year, there were an estimated 3 million participants – and more, in an overwhelmingly Catholic city. Figures for this year are believed to similar, and 50 % up on just 5 years ago, and 25 times as many as 2ooo. Sao Paulo Pride has only been going since 1987.

In South America, Pride is not just a fun day out: it’s deeply political. Read the rest of this entry »