11 years after the enactment of the Equal Marriage Law: six thousand couples from the LGBT + community were married in the City of Buenos Aires and there were only 88 divorces

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On a day like today 11 years ago, the Equal Marriage Law, another conquest of the LGBT + community. On July 15, 2010, the Argentina became the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to grant this right, and fifteenth in the world. A fairer and more equal place. Two weeks after its entry into force, in Santiago del Estero, José Luis Navarro and Miguel Calefato they became the first couple to marry.

Between 2010 and the end of June 2020 they took shape 5924 equal marriages in the Civil Registry of the City of Buenos Aires, that is, 4.48% of the total of unions formalized in said institution during the same period (a total of 132,226)

“One of the main arguments of the detractors of the rule was that our partners were not stable and that therefore it was not convenient to give them so much formality,” he recalled Maria Rachid, head of the Institute against Discrimination of the Ombudsman’s Office of the city to Telam.

But this argument was refuted with statistics. Since 2010, only 88 divorces have been registered and the first was only in 2017, representing around 0.13% of this type of record among a total of 70,387. As Rachid explained to TelamThis “does not have to do with the fact that our relationships are so different from heterosexual ones, but rather that in order to become families, we have to break with a lot of mandates and this implies a greater reflection”.

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“Since July 15, we have been a better society thanks to the entire LGBTI + community, to people like Vilma Ibarra who made the project a reality and to Cristina Fernández, responsible for its enactment,” Alberto Fernández said on his official Twitter account.

Esteban Paulón, wrote on the website of the LGBT + Public Policy Institute of which he is Executive Director: “With more than 24,000 equal marriages celebrated we continue to contribute, from the personal and the political, to enlighten a native-egalitarian generation, for which these conquered rights are a floor from which to reach all that is still missing ”.

“From the law, spaces of diversity were opened in national ministries but also in provincial and municipal governments that generated public policy for our families and our community; and every time something is approved in Congress, the diversity perspective is taken into account, as happened with the femicide law, the assisted human reproduction law or the new Civil Code ”, he said. Maria Rachid, head of the Institute against Discrimination of the Ombudsman’s Office of the city.

According to him Article 20 of the National Constitution the foreign people enjoy the same civil rights as citizens, therefore, are allowed to marry in the country in accordance with established laws.

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