Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on July 8, 2010
Argentina – The country’s Senate Committee blocked the equal marriage amendment passed by the Lower House 7-6, preventing it from moving any further. But it seems that Civil Unions may still be approved.
Following a march at the nation’s capitol by thousand of gay marriage activists, Argentina’s Lower House approved a full marriage equality bill after 12 hours of debate. But with the death of the bill in the Senate Committee, it seems that a civil union bill may have the steam to push through.
In the same committee, nine senators instead backed a civil union bill that does not include adoption rights. Six committee senators on Tuesday backed the same-sex bill passed by the Lower House. The Senate is due to debate the bills on Wednesday. If the same-sex marriage bill is rejected by the Senate, then the civil union bill would be debated and, if passed, it would then move for the first time to the Lower House. If the same-sex marriage bill garners a majority of votes in the Senate and no changes are introduced it would become law. If changes are introduced it would go back to the Lower House for it to consider them.