July 14th, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Argentinian lawmakers voting on same-sex marriage

Debate was under way Wednesday in Argentina's Senate on a same-sex marriage bill that already has passed the lower chamber of Congress. A vote was expected later Wednesday.

The bill would give same-sex couples equal marriage rights, including the ability to adopt children.

Addressing claims that church leaders have been lobbying lawmakers about the proposal, Sen. Miguel Angel Pichetto told the state-run Telam news agency that he had not been pressured.

"There is some pressure in some provinces where the church plays a prominent role, but such is democracy," he said.

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