Sweden In April , the Swedish parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to legalize same-sex marriage. I mean, it's done. President to publicly declare support for the legalization of same-sex marriage. The rights, benefits, and protections of civil marriage can further strengthen these families. He cited slogans spray-painted on his business, on his pickup truck, and on a garage door, and a rock thrown through a window. Argentina In July , Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage. The new law allows for religious institutions and civil officers to refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies, a provision that critics claim violates the rights of same-sex couples under the constitution. And in , the country enacted a law allowing gay couples in registered partnerships the right to adopt children. In spite of vigorous opposition from the Catholic Church and evangelical Protestant churches, the measure passed both houses of the Argentine legislature and was signed into law by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. But the location no longer is used for weddings, because a lesbian duo was denied permission to use it, and a state discrimination complaint was filed. Scotland On Feb. In , the parliament also granted same-sex partners the right to adopt children. Brendan Eich Then there was the case of Brendan Eich, the chief executive officer of Mozilla, the company best known for creating Firefox. While recent polls show that a majority of French adults support the law, opposition to the change has been intense. Uruguay is among the most secular countries in Latin America. The Lutheran-affiliated Church of Sweden, to which roughly three-quarters of all Swedes belong, has offered blessings for same-sex partnerships since January According to the author, the study highlighted the importance of abolishing institutional forms of discrimination, including those leading to disparities in the mental health and well-being of LGB individuals.