Polling by Afrobarometer in found that 78 percent of Africans across thirty-three countries were intolerant of homosexuality. Support for same-sex marriage varies across the region. 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. Spain The new law gave same-sex couples all of the same marital and adoption rights as heterosexual citizens. Support for same-sex marriage is weaker in Eastern Europe. July 22, After hours of debate, Argentina's Senate narrowly passed a bill granting same-sex couples the right to marry, making it the first country in Latin America to do so. Aug 5, Uruguay became the second Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage when the president signed a bill into law on May 3, , though it didn't take effect until August 5 of that year. Which country was the first to legalise gay marriage? The law, which applies to England and Wales, does not allow for same-sex marriages within the Church of England. The high court ruled that the lower court judges lacked legal standing to bring the suits. In , Lebanese courts set a potential precedent for decriminalization. Scotland On Feb. July 3, Despite strong opposition from conservative leaders and the Roman Catholic Church, the Spanish Parliament legalized same-sex marriage in a vote of to Despite growing support for same-sex marriage in many European countries, divisions remain. In Chechnya, a semiautonomous republic within Russia, dozens of men suspected of being gay have been detained, tortured, and even killed since in a crackdown on the LGBT community; a new wave of detentions and killings was reported in late United States Eleven years after same-sex marriage was first made legal in Massachusetts, the U.