Argentina's first gay marriage is scheduled for August 13th between a 61-year-old man and his 60-year-old partner, officials revealed. The first union was authorized by municipal officials in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires for actor Ernesto Rodriguez Larrese, 60, and Alejandro Vanelli, 61, who have lived together for 34 years. The couple had been denied a request to wed at the same location three years ago. Argentina on Thursday became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, following a landmark Senate vote which stirred controversy in the majority Roman Catholic nation. The law was backed by the center-left government of President Cristina Kirchner and adopted in a 33-27 vote, with three abstentions, after 15 hours of debate. Maria Rachid, who heads the Argentine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Federation, said she expected around 100 same-sex couples to wed around the same date. Mexico City authorities offered the first gay couple to wed in Argentina a free honeymoon trip to the Mexican capital and a major resort beach in the country, the city's Tourism Secretary Alejandro Rojas said after the Senate voted in Buenos Aires.Source: AFP << South Korea Adopts Novel Strategies to Attract Foreign Tour... Kolkata's Howrah Bridge is Facing an Unusual Threat >> Recommended Reading Himalayan Nation Ready to Approve Gay Marriages Nepal is all set to permit gay marriages and has a gone a step further in promoting gay weddings on Mt.Everest , making it Asia's preferred gay tourism destination. READ MORE Mexico Prosecutor Challenges Gay Marriage Law as "anti-constitutional" Amid a heated debate in this overwhelmingly Catholic nation, Mexico's attorney general has lodged an appeal at the country's top court against Mexico City's historic approval of gay marriage. READ MORE First Public Gay Marriage in China-State Press Splashes Front Page Photo State press splashed a front-page photo of China's first publicly "married" gay couple on Wednesday, seen as the latest sign of new openness about homosexuality. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Iron Intake Calculator Drug - Food Interactions Color Blindness Calculator More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?