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Argentine couples wed under new gay marriage law

Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- An architect and a retired office worker are the first couple to wed under Argentina's historic law legalizing same-sex marriage.

Jose Luis Navarro and Miguel Angel Calefato said "I do" Friday morning in the city of Frias, Santiago del Estero Province, shortly after the law took effect.

They have been partners for 27 years.

Another pair wed a few hours later in Buenos Aires, and at least three more couples are scheduled to marry over the weekend.

Argentina is the first Latin American nation to legalize same-sex marriage. President Cristina Fernandez signed the bill into law July 21.

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Gays can openly serve in the Argentina's military since 2009. Uruguay, Argentina's neighbour, also reviewed their acceptance policy and, also, in 2009 lifted the ban on homosexuals in the military.
Meanwhile, in the good ole USofA, word powera and all, about 12,500 soldiers have been discharged from the military for being gay since DADT was enacted in 1994. Who's the 3rd world country now?

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