San Antonio Spurs star guard Manu Ginobili says he supports a gay marriage bill being debated in the Argentine Senate, the Mendoza-based El Sol reported.

The NBA All-Star made his remarks during a brief news conference in Mendoza.

“I am all for marriage,” Ginobili said. “I think we all have the same rights.”

The 32-year-old Ginobili is considered the best basketball player to come out of the Latin American country. He spent the early part of his basketball career in Argentina and Italy. In 2002, he joined the Spurs and has since earned three NBA championship rings.

Senators began debate Wednesday on the gay marriage bill approved by Congress' lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, last May. Analysts believe the vote is too close to call.

Opponents of the bill in the Roman Catholic stronghold have strongly objected to the bill's inclusion of gay adoption. A second bill that recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions but would forbid adoption was recommended by a key Senate committee over marriage.

Ginobili gave no comment on the adoption controversy.

“With regard to adoption, I do not feel able to give an opinion,” he said.