Argentina’s LGBT community is rejoicing after the nation made history by becoming the first South American country to legalise same-sex marriage.

In a close vote, legislators passed the contentious bill 33-27 in the early hours of Thursday morning following a 16-hour heated debate.

On Wednesday, Latino singer Ricky Martin – who came out as gay in March – tweeted his support for the legislation, saying: “Let’s go Argentina! The same rights with the same name for everyone.”

Earlier in the week around 60,000 people, led by the Catholic Church, protested against same-sex marriage rights in a march on Congress.

President Cristina Fernandez has stated that she does not intend to veto the bill which makes it becoming law a virtual certainty.

Argentina is the tenth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.

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