The City of Mendoza will host Argentina's first gay wedding.

Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage on Wednesday when Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner ratified the law approved by lawmakers.

Some reports stated that the first wedding was to be held in Buenos Aires on August 13.

But Argentina's Los Andes is reporting that Medonza will beat the capital city with a wedding on July 31.

Giorgio Nocentino, 44, and Jaime Zapata, 52, will tie the knot after 22 years together.

“In our life, almost nothing will change, we will only be legally protected if something happens to us,” Nocentino, a fashion designer, said. “”Being the first, we hope to lead by example.”

Zapata, who works with retirees, said the wedding was a dream and thanked everyone for an outpouring of good wishes.

In signing the law, President Fernandez said: “Today we are a society a little more equal than last week.”

Two of Argentina's neighbors, Uruguay and Paraguay, are expected to consider gay marriage bills, and Chile is considering a bill that recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions.

Mexico City officials have offered a free honeymoon to the first gay couple to marry in Argentina. Gay and lesbian couples can also marry in the Mexican capital, a fact on which tourism officials hope to capitalize.