Latin American Countries & Their Stance on Same-Sex Marriage Trumps The U.S.

The movement for same-sex marriage in the U.S. took a promising turn after President Obama’s endorsement earlier this year (the first sitting President to do so), but petitions have also flooded in by state opponents who prefer for the institution of marriage to only include heterosexual unions.

Despite their protests, gay rights continue to become questioned and challenged nationwide.

A federal appeals court in Boston recently declared the same-sex marriage ban discriminatory because it "denies them benefits afforded to heterosexual couples." The decision makes some same-sex supporters hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will take the same stance as the 1967 passing of Loving v. Virginia, which made it illegal to ban interracial marriages.

While the U.S. culturally and politically continue to battle over the issue, a handful of Latin American countries have already legalized same-sex marriages. Argentina was the pioneer in the Latin American same-sex movement, after President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner declared gay marriage legal in 2010.