When visiting Argentina, it is important to know a little about the current issues taking place. One of the big concerns right now is the fight for gay rights.
Uma Azul, a two-month-old baby from Córdoba brings this matter to the surface. She was baptized recently. You may be thinking there is nothing strange about that, but what makes this case unique is that Uma´s parents are two lesbian ladies, Carina Villaroel and Soledad Ortiz. That is not all, even more special is that Uma has a famous godmother, the president of the Argentinian Republic, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Kirchner is the godmother for a reason. Her political policies have given gays a lot more rights in Argentina. The country can be seen as an example in this area for the rest of South America. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the successor of her husband, Nestor Kirchner, after he died in 2010. He was the president to legalize gay marriage, and CFK continues working to go beyond that.
When Nestor Kirchner legalized gay marriage the Catholic Church, then under the leadership of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, nowadays the Pope, protested heavily against it. Because of the decreasing amount of people going to church, the Catholic Church decided to be more open and modern about it. Since Bergoglio became Pope, rights for gays have become better. It was unthinkable to get a child from two gay people baptized before he was Pope. However, gay marriage is a theme that is still not accepted by the Vatican today.
The two ladies asked CFK to become the godmother in order to thank her, but they say that there is still a long way to go. When Carina Villaroel, a cop, asked parental leave, she got fired. At least, Argentina is on the right track in terms of gay rights.