Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner signed into law a historic bill that legalizes same-sex marriage for the first time in Latin America, as representatives from the gay community cheered around her. "We are now a more egalitarian society than we were last week," Kirchner said. "These are things that unite us and cannot divide us." The legislation was opposed by some on religious grounds, but it was backed by Kirchner's center-left government and was adopted last week by the Senate in a 33-27 vote, with three abstentions, after 15 hours of debate. Kirchner's signing ceremony Wednesday was attended by representatives of humanitarian groups that supported the legislation, which made Argentina the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. "We have not enacted a law but rather a social construct," the president said, stressing that the legislation would create a more pluralistic society. Argentina's first gay marriage is expected to take place August 13, uniting a couple who have lived together for 34 years. The couple, Ernesto Rodriguez Larrese, 60, and Alejandro Vanelli, 61, were denied a request to wed three years ago. Maria Rachid, who heads the Argentine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Federation, said she expected around 100 same-sex couples to wed around the same date. Mexico City authorities have 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.Source: AFP << Depression In Hepatitis C Patients Often Overlooked Large-scale Production of Medical Marijuana in California Ci... >> Recommended Reading How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE August 13 is the Day Set for the First Gay Marriage in Argentina Argentina's first gay marriage is scheduled for August 13th between a 61-year-old man and his 60-year-old partner, officials revealed. 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 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 Find a Doctor Color Blindness Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?