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Uruguay Makes it Official: Adoption by Gays and Lesbians Approved

The Senate in Uruguay yesterday approved a bill passed by the Chamber of Representatives in late August legalizing adoption by gays and lesbians:

Uruguay "Members of Congress said the law made Uruguay the first Latin American country to permit gay couples to adopt. The measure, which will now go to President Tabaré Vázquez for his signature, will also for the first time allow unmarried couples to adopt....Gay people are allowed to adopt under Uruguayan law, but only as individuals rather than jointly as a couple. Gay marriage remains illegal. The Parliament in Uruguay, a small South American nation with a secular state structure, passed a law in late 2007 to permit gay couples to have civil unions, which grant similar rights as marriage. Earlier this year the center-left government also lifted a ban on gay people serving in the armed forces."

Church leaders in the mostly Roman Catholic nation spewed the usual bigoted crap about families and society being destroyed.

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  1. Looks like Uruguay did in one year what we still haven't done in 30.

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Sep 10, 2009 10:33:30 AM

  2. any uruguayan readers know what it takes to emigrate?

    Posted by: jack | Sep 10, 2009 10:44:02 AM

  3. You'd want to know "what it takes to immigrate" if you're asking Uruguayans. Emigrate is to leave a country while immigrate is to enter the country.

    Posted by: unruly | Sep 10, 2009 2:18:00 PM

  4. Uruguay has a large, diverse expat community. Thousands of immigrants from North America, Europe, as well as Argentina and Brazil, live year-round or part-time in Uruguay. The country has one of the most vibrant expat communities in Latin America.

    A Uruguayan lawyer, Juan Federico Fischer, wrote:

    "Uruguay is an open country to foreign citizens. Not only to those doing business or buying property, but also to those seeking legal residency.

    Any foreign citizen that meets certain basic requirements may apply for residency. And, if one wishes to, one can subsequently apply for citizenship, and a second passport."

    Uruguay offers expats a great lifestyle. The country is beautiful and its people are welcoming, educated and very friendly!

    Posted by: expatnow | Sep 10, 2009 3:25:39 PM

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