Church-sponsored anti-gay marriage march hits Buenos Aires
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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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