Uruguay to Legalize Same-Sex Civil Unions

Lawmakers in Uruguay have approved legislation that will allow same-sex and heterosexual couples to form civil unions after living together for at least five years, it was reported yesterday.

Uruguay_2“Under the law, couples will be granted rights related to social security payments, pensions, inheritance and parenting. To gain these cohabitation rights, couples must register the relationship with authorities. They also will be able to register the end of a union. Gay civil unions are allowed in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires and in Mexico’s capital and in Coahuila state. Uruguay’s law would be the first nationwide measure. Gay marriage would remain illegal in Uruguay, a small South American country known for its secular streak.”

Said left-wing politician Edgardo Ortuno: “This recognition of the legal status of couples … recognizes the legal status of homosexual couples, which gives it a completely new dimension.”

Uruguay set to legalize gay civil unions [tr]

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  1. mike says

    It is a shame, isn’t it, that the U.S. is so reactionary that a small country like Uruguay can advance the cause of same-sex unions without batting an eyelash. Remember that Uruguay 30 years ago was a very reactionary country with a military dictatorship and many “desaparecidos”, or, “disappeareds”. My son’s wife is from Uruguay and I can tell you, it is a rather pleasant country and it has a not bad gay scene. Of course, it might just be a spillover from the incredible scene going on across el Rio de Plata in Buenos Aires.

  2. mike says

    It is a shame, isn’t it, that the U.S. is so reactionary that a small country like Uruguay can advance the cause of same-sex unions without batting an eyelash. Remember that Uruguay 30 years ago was a very reactionary country with a military dictatorship and many “desaparecidos”, or, “disappeareds”. My son’s wife is from Uruguay and I can tell you, it is a rather pleasant country and it has a not bad gay scene. Of course, it might just be a spillover from the incredible scene going on across el Rio de Plata in Buenos Aires.

  3. says

    News like this is heartening, but it just makes me feel like the United States is slipping off the edge of the world. How can we be so slow to abolish slavery, enact voting for women, recognize interracial marriage, and acknowledge the marital rights of ten percent of our population?

  4. Disgusted American says

    Once again,this proves that words “LIBERTY & JUSTICE FOR ALL” are just that, WORDS! Words with NO meaning…A Pretty Marque’ on the Empty theatre ,that is America” EFF’ING disgusting!

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