Two gay couples raced Friday to become the first to marry in Argentina, Clarin reported.

Alejandro Vanelli and Ernesto Larresse, together 34 years, married at 9:46AM in Buenos Aires. The couple was already on track to become the first to marry in the province on August 13. The men made a request to move up the date, which was granted on Thursday.

Vanelli, 61, is an agent who represents over 200 actors, while Larresse, 60, is an actor.

The couple previously attempted to marry twice but had been denied.

“I have only words of gratitude,” an emotional Vanelli said.

The marriage was witnessed by actors Mercedes Moran, Boy Olmi and Gerardo Romano.

Olmi said he was proud to be part of the historic wedding.

Less than two hours earlier, another wedding took place in Santiago del Estero, between architect Juan Carlos Navarro, 54, and his partner of 27 years, Miguel Angel Calefato, 65.

The Navarro-Calefato wedding was poised to make history after it leapfrogged ahead of another couple set to marry in Mendoza on Saturday.

Navarro said the couple was not driven by being first, but only wanted to be legally married.

At least three additional gay couples are expected to marry in Argentina on Saturday.

Argentina is the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage. Lawmakers approved the law over the strong objections of the Roman Catholic church. Some judges have protested marrying gay couples.

Since the law's enactment, Chile and Peru have announced plans to debate recognition of gay unions, and Uruguay and Paraguay will consider gay marriage legislation.