BUENOS AIRES, May 23, 2003 ( – Buenos Aires has made itself the first city in Latin America to recognize registered same-sex partnerships. Homosexuals who can prove they have lived together for at least two years may now share labor and social security benefits.  The change was signed into law by Mayor Anibal Ibarra of the centre-left Frente Grande party, in spite of public debate in the nominally Roman Catholic country. In fact, Catholic culture has been in gradual retreat in most Latin countries since their 19th century masonic-liberal revolutions.  The latest fad, the denigration of marriage by treating cohabiting couples and homosexuals the same as married spouses, is merely another manifestation of this long-term decline in societal standards.

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