BUENOS AIRES, March 18, 2003 ( – The Argentine capital region of Buenos Aires and Río Negro province became the first jurisdictions in Latin America to recognize homosexual civil unions this week, after months of pressure from the Socialist Party and homosexual groups.  Three other provinces are considering a similar step.  The new laws grant homosexual “civil unions” many of the rights previously reserved to husbands and wives, stopping short of same-sex marriage and adoption but scoring a clear blow against traditional marriage.

Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio said the change “goes against natural law,” noting that homosexual unions are “caricatures of families that have neither a future themselves nor the ability to create a future society.”  For local coverage from a pro-homosexual source:   For related coverage:  BUENOS AIRES GIVES LEGAL RECOGNITION TO HOMOSEXUAL UNIONS