Argentinian President Becomes Godmother To Daughter Of Lesbian Couple, Baptised In Catholic Cathedral
Carina Villaroel and Soledad Ortiz have friends in high places. At least, they do now.
Argentinian tradition dictates that families can invite the country’s president to become godparent to their seventh child. Yup, SEVENTH. In case basic math isn’t your forte, that means having SIX before. And then another one. (You’re welcome. You may now put your calculators away) Not an impossible task, of course, but it does make such a parental privilege a rarely sought one - and one accepted by the President even less frequently.
But after marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples were passed in the South American country in 2010, lesbian couple Villaroel and Ortiz thought they’d contact President Cristina Fernandez to try their luck. They wanted to ‘thank her for the law that gave us rights”. It was a lottery-style gamble of epic proportions, given that they had only conceived one-seventh of the necessary baby quota to warrant such a request. So when Fernandez agreed, the couple were instantly elevated to Cloud 9-levels of elation. But that wasn’t all.
In another progressive turn of events, the ceremony for two-month old Umma Azul signified the first time the child of a same-sex couple was baptised in a Roman Catholic church in the country. Specifically, a cathedral in Cardoba, Argentina’s second-largest city.
"Father Varas told us he had been waiting for a couple like us", Villaroel told Reuters. "And we happened to come and he accepted us. There’s been a real social change for Catholicism to have said ‘yes’ to baptising a child from a lesbian family."
President Fernandez’s breaking of tradition is a milestone of respect for families with same-sex parents. And while it may take the Catholic church some time before it formally approves of gay and lesbian relationships, the baptism of little Umma at least signals a step in the right direction.
Villaroel and Ortiz are now planning a wedding to follow.
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