Thursday, July 15, 2010

Argentina Increases Freedom to Marry

I was very happy to wake up to the news that in a move towards marriage equality, Argentina has legalized same-sex marriages. Latin America is starting to change. Mexico City has same-sex marriages, but the rest of Mexico still needs to get on board.

Congratulations to all of the couples in Argentina who will now be able to marry.

Argentina also has no laws against consanguineous sex between adults, so they should go ahead and allow those loving relationships to gain marriage as well.

Dear Argentina: Please move forward to full marriage equality.
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  1. I am in complete agreement. Isn't it flabbergasting that Argentina, which within living memory could have been described as a fascist dictatorship, is now the most liberal nation in the Western Hemisphere in terms of its laws pertaining to marriage and sexuality.

    Meanwhile, in the so-called Land of the Free, if two of the wrong sort of consenting adults attempt to marry, cohabit, or even engage in "sexual contact," the consequences can be severe. Up to life in prison in some places.

    Beside Argentina, I believe Brazil is the other country in the Americas to have repealed its laws forbidding consensual adult incest, although in no place on
    earth--except Sweden--may a pair of half-siblings who wish to share a life
    together have their commitment recognised by the State.

    Side note: I really enjoy your blog. You might be interested in visiting, as the subject of marriage equality for siblings, cousins, and other consanguineous couples often comes up.

    All the Best


  2. Osiris,

    Thanks for your encouraging words. I'm aware of In fact, I link to it in the column on the right. Thanks for reading!

  3. Not five minutes after posting my comment, I did notice the link, and what's more, I read your previous blog entry, in which you quoted my buddy Rollingrocker. He and I and a few others constitute the "happy minority" on that site, which unfortunately for the most part seems filled with angst, guilt, confusion and more denial than Upper and Lower Egypt combined.

    Where Rocker and I part ways, however, is ou respective positions on consanguineous marriages. He says that it ain't nobody's business what he and his sis do, including the government. He doesn't need anyone's permission, nor do they need their relationship validated by a slip of official paper.

    I argue, conversely, that we'd be happy with a Lawrence v Texas type of Supreme Court decision which would decriminalize consensual adult incest in all states, recognition of consanguineous marriages really is the Holy Grail; the one thing that will change aocietal attitudes, and even work to erode the incest taboo, just as legalization of interracial marriages has done much to erode overt racism.

    In any case, I'm thrilled to find a writer who echoes my own sentiments so lucidly, and I hope you do post on the GSA site as well in the future.... Unless you already do and I'm just unaware. :)

  4. No, I don't post there yet. I haven't been by the site in a while, actually. Just busy.

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  6. I recently discovered this site, I'm from Argentina, happy with the equality we are gaining little by little^^
    I have a Spanish blog about consensual incest, but just starting.
    I will be exploring your wonderful blog and following you since now!

  7. I removed my previous comment because of some error in spelling xP My English is not very good, sorry.

  8. Thanks for checking in. On your blog, do you draw a distinction between consensual incest and nonconsensual?


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