A lieutenant colonel and an Army
captain will become the first gay military couple to marry since
Argentina legalized such unions last year.
In 2009, Argentina ended its ban on gay
and bisexual troops serving openly. The following year, the nation
became the first in Latin America to allow gay and lesbian couples to
According to the military publication
Militar, the couple, whose names and gender were not disclosed,
will marry in the capital city of Buenos Aires, and the military has
approved the union, meaning the couple can marry in full uniform.
The paper also reported that a second couple has made a similar
Cesar Cigliutti of the gay rights group
Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA) told Clarin that the
union is “important and adds much needed visibility to gays,
lesbians and bisexuals serving in the armed forces, an area that has
traditionally been strongly conservative.”
“We are confident that requests for
marriage will continue to grow and join the more than 2,600 same-sex
couples already married in Argentina,” he added.