HISTORIC FIRSTS

Gay Argentine Couple Weds

Argentina has joined the small handful of countries that allow gay marriage. Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre, both gay rights activists, were married in a civil ceremony in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city, after a judge in Buenos Aires had rejected their initial attempt. The union makes Di Bello and Freyre Latin America's first same-sex married couple. Argentina's constitution doesn't specifically define marriage as between a man and woman, leaving the issue up to provincial and city officials. In Ushuaia, governor Fabiana Rios approved the marriage on the basis of a ruling by a judge who had declared two provisions of the constitution discriminatory. A bill to legalize gay marriage is currently pending in Argentina's congress.