Argentine president: godmother to lesbians' baby

AP News
Posted: Apr 04, 2014 6:13 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's president has agreed to godmother a lesbian couple's baby, who will be baptized Saturday in a Roman Catholic Cathedral. Umma Azul is the first such baby known to receive this church blessing in Argentina.

Argentine presidents by law can be named the godmother or godfather of any couple's seventh child. Nancy Esteche, who runs the presidential office that arranges these baptisms, says that Fernandez has agreed to make an exception for this first daughter of Carina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz.

Fernandez won a political battle against Pope Francis when he was Argentina's top church leader and the country became the first in Latin America to legalize gay marriage.

After he became pope, he famously asked "who am I to judge?" if a gay person seeks the Lord.