Argentina President Fernandez becomes godmother to same-sex couple’s child
Argentine leader becomes godmother for homosexual couple’s child.
In a rare service for the Catholic Church in Argentina, President Cristina Fernandez became godmother to some same-sex couple’s infant.
The president was expected to be godmother to Uma as a means of thanks for signing a law legalising gay marriage this year.
The Vatican has yet to discuss the baptism.
Soledad Ortiz and Carina Villarroel stated that infant Umma’s baptism was an indication of “cultural change” within the Catholic church.
Argentina’s head, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, is becoming godmother for the child of the lesbian couple who had been baptised in a Catholic church.
Umma Azul, just over 8 weeks old, was baptised within the city of Cordoba.
Among the pair was quoted as saying they contacted President Fernandez to become godmother simply because they wished to thank her for supporting gay rights.
The leader legalised same-sex marriage despite opposition from Argentina’s Catholic hierarchy.
Formally, the Church remains firmly in opposition to gay marriage.
However, some inside the Church have suggested for reducing this position.
Pope Francis, himself from Argentina, says all kids may be baptised.
Since becoming Pope, he’s been of a more tolerant way of homosexuality.
However, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, he’d opposed the legalisation of homosexual marriage.
Ms Fernandez didn’t attend the service in Cordoba, giving a representative instead.
Umma Azul is the first baby of Soledad Ortiz and Carina Villaroel. The pair aren’t thought to understand President Fernandez individually.
In approaching her, an Argentine history that allows any couple to ask the president to become godparent for their seventh child was designed by them.