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JONES, Daniel; LUJAN, Santiago  and  QUINTANS, Analía. From resistance to militancy: the human rights defense by the evangelic churches (1976-1983) and the support of same sex marriage (2010) in Argentina. Espiral (Guadalaj.) [online]. 2014, vol.21, n.59, pp.109-142. ISSN 1665-0565.

Religious actors are increasingly participating in the contemporary public arena. In Latin America, apart from the Catholic political activism, we have to add the activism of different evangelical groups. This article compares two processes of political participation of historical protestant churches in Argentina: the Human Rights' defense during the military dictatorship (1976-1983) and the support to the same-sex marriage law (2010). Our hypothesis is that both historical processes share some significant characteristics to understand the styles of political participation of religious actors (not related to political parties): they adopted a public position in favor of both causes and formed alliances with other religious and nonreligious actors, among which they played a leadership role.

Keywords : evangelicals; political participation; Argentina; human rights; same-sex marriage.

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