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Marriage Equality Bill Introduced In Uruguay

In 2008, Uruguay became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex civil unions. Now it appears as if marriage equality could possibly be introduced into that country by the end of the year.

6a00d8341c730253ef0120a57a0e0b970b The Dallas Voice reports:

According to the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, legislators in Uruguay have introduced a marriage equality bill. The bill has a good chance of passing because the liberal Frente Amplio party controls both houses of the legislature.

The bill’s author, Rep. Sebastián Sabini, explained the strategy to pass the law. “We do not focus so much on the issue of gay marriage but of equal marriage regardless of sex, gender or religion,” Sabini said. Laws that refer to “husband and wife” would change to “spouses” or “conjugal partner.”

If one spouse in a relationship had biological children, the law would give the non-biological partner the same rights and responsibilities in caring for the child.

Supporters said they hoped the law would be passed by both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate by the end of the year.

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  1. Uruguay is one of my favorite countries in South America - a definite retirement destination, right across the river from Buenos Aires. Nice to know!

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 9, 2011 2:25:26 PM


  2. RE: “We do not focus so much on the issue of gay marriage but of equal marriage regardless of sex, gender or religion,” Sabini said. Laws that refer to “husband and wife” would change to “spouses” or “conjugal partner.”

    THIS is the strategy that groups and ads should use in the U.S. Every time a politician or news anchor says "gay marriage", they must be politely corrected to state "marriage equality" or "civil marriage equality". These are not special rights, as the right wing keeps insisting, but equal access to civil rights. Words mean something.

    Meanwhile, much of the developing world having passed the "land of the free" in federal equality for their citizens, now the developing world is passing the U.S. too....

    Fingers crossed Uruguay! :D

    Posted by: Strepsi | Apr 10, 2011 12:40:34 PM


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