6. Homoerotic, Homosexual, and Bisexual Behaviors
Gay UnionsSophia Kamenetzky
[Update 2003: July 26, 2003: Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, is the first city in Latin America to recognize civil unions for same-sex individuals. The new law applies only to city employees, and provides only a few basic rights. Despite these limits, observers see the action as a major legal breakthrough to the nationwide recognition of civil unions of same-sex couples. Medical and social rights of a city employee are extended to the employee's partner. Employees can ask for a leave to take care of a sick partner. They can jointly apply for loans and have the right to continue receiving state pensions in case of a partner's death. However, the rights to inherit at a partner's death and to adopt children have not been recognized.
From The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Social Sciences.