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Church-sponsored anti-gay marriage march hits Buenos Aires

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 10:31

Buenos Aires: Tens of thousands of people
took part in a church-sponsored, anti-gay marriage
demonstration outside Congress, as senators prepared to vote
on a bill already approved by the lower chamber.

"We want a daddy and a mommy," "Say yes to the real
family," read some of the signs scattered among the protesters
decrying what Roman Catholic church officials have branded
"the devil`s project."

Argentina, where 91 per cent of the population says it is
Catholic, could become the first Latin American country to
pass a law legalising marriage between same-sex couples if the
Senate adopts the bill today.

The measure, which would grant the same rights to
homosexual couples as heterosexual ones, cleared a first
hurdle on May 5 in the lower chamber, but the Senate is
gearing for a tougher battle.

Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio read a message at
the demonstration saying a marriage between a man and a woman
"is the only natural path to procreation."

"If they approve this bill it would mean a real and
serious reversal for anthropology," he told his cheering
followers.

Some 200 pro-gay marriage demonstrators gathered at
Buenos Aires` iconic Obelisco monument, banging pots and
blowing vuvuzelas, in the "Make Noise for Equality" campaign
of Argentina`s Anti-discrimination Institute, Inadi.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 10:31

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