As the U.S. Supreme Court reviews laws on gay marriage, it's surprising to consider our government is socially behind countries like Argentina that are overwhelmingly Catholic.
Argentina was the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. The law gives same-sex couples the full legal protections and responsibilities that marriage gives to heterosexual couples. It allows them the ability to inherit property and to jointly adopt children.
“The same-sex marriage law—we take pride in being the first country in Latin America. To do this fills us with joy,” President Fernández de Kirchner said in a speech at Harvard University last year.
Her husband, Nestor Kirchner, was president from May 2003 to December 2007. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was elected to succeed him as president and became Argentina's first female president, according to the New York Times.
Mr. Kirchner died October 27, 2010 from a heart attack.
President Fernández de Kirchner has continued the socially liberal policies of her husband's administration. She also clashed with Pope Francis, then Jorge Mario Bergoglio the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who vehemently opposed gay marriage.
For her leadership, President Fernández de Kirchner is a woman we should celebrate this Women's History Month.