Sí, quiero: The Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Argentina (Working Title)
IR 395: Senior Project (Thesis in Progress)
Mount Holyoke College
What made the legalization of same-sex marriage possible in Argentina?
The Argentine sexual minorities’ rights movement, shaped by both minoritizing and universalizing views, holds powerful claims. The movement has certain unique tools that aid in its success, including the utilization of the dehumanizing effects of religious homophobia against its very proponents to gain power and support. In the “perfect storm” of the Argentine historical, social, and cultural contexts, where many other movements failed, certain opportunities arose for sexual minorities. Argentina (and Argentine law) cannot risk the denial of any individual or group’s human rights. Beyond tolerance, recognizing the relationships of same-sex couples as equal to heterosexual couples acknowledges the equality of sexual minorities, and therefore their humanity, acting as the necessary foundation to gaining the recognition of other rights. This work examines the circumstances faced by Argentine sexual minorities and the opportunities and tools they used to achieve success in their pursuit of equality through the legalization of same-sex marriage.
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