The human rights advocate who made marriage equality a reality in Argentina

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She’s a human rights advocate from Argentina and the woman behind the law that gave same-sex couples the right to marry. This week’s Game Changer is social leader Maria Rachid.
Five years ago, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. That legislative landmark and other equality laws came to fruition thanks to the hard work of women like Maria Rachid. Before she even considered becoming a politician, she organized and worked to promote social equality in Buenos Aires.

Back in the early days, she says, she wouldn’t have dreamt about such a progressive bill being approved. However, after many years of efforts and campaigns, she spearheaded the initiative Los Mismos Derechos con Los Mismos Nombres (Same Names, Same Rights) which was instrumental in the enactment of Argentina’s 2010 equal marriage law.

In 2011, Rachid ran for congress, where she now serves as a representative for the Buenos Aires province using the platform to further advance the cause of equality.

The human rights advocate who made marriage equality a reality in Argentina

The human rights advocate who made marriage equality a reality in Argentina

She’s a human rights advocate from Argentina and the woman behind the law that gave same-sex couples the right to marry. This week’s Game Changer is social leader Maria Rachid.

  • Keith Pullman

    Good for her! There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage (and any of those without the others) with any and all consenting adults. Polyamory, polygamy, open relationships are not for everyone, but they are for some. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality “just for some” is not equality. Let’s stand up for EVERY ADULT’S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!