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Uruguay Senate Approves Marriage Equality in 23-8 Vote

UruguayUruguay will almost certainly be the next nation to approve marriage equality after its Senate approved the measure in a 23-8 vote. The House passed the bill in December and the bill must return there for the legislation to be reconciled. President José Mujica says he intends to sign the bill.

Freedom to Marry writes: "When marriages between same-sex couples begin this summer, Uruguay will join 11 countries that have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide: The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, and Denmark. Three others have taken judicial and regional steps to allow same-sex couples to share in the freedom to marry in parts of the country: Brazil, Mexico, and the United States."

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  1. Ur rockin Uraguay!

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 2, 2013 5:57:18 PM


  2. Punta del Este.....new gay wedding capital :-) Muchas gracias Uruguay!

    Posted by: excy | Apr 2, 2013 6:11:13 PM


  3. ...and again Merikka the hypocracy land of SUPPOSED Liberty & Justice for All...Lags behind, and makes a fool of itself...with its LYING CREED!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Apr 2, 2013 6:15:12 PM


  4. Awesome! South America might become an example in terms of marriage equality in the near future! As a South American, I feel proud of that.

    Posted by: ElCid | Apr 2, 2013 6:15:38 PM


  5. At least this is one Italian nation that isn't so homophobic. :)

    Posted by: tico | Apr 2, 2013 6:17:11 PM


  6. Am I the only one who remembers Homer Simpson spying Uruguay on a map and pronouncing it "You-Are-Gay"?

    Posted by: Neil | Apr 2, 2013 6:27:33 PM


  7. Never doubted Uruguay would deliver. Some people act too surprised because they think all Latin America are clones of Mexico. The realities are so different from country to country. You have Uruguay and Argentina in one side and Chile and Bolivia in the opposite stance of the spectrum regarding marriage at least and just crossing the border. But ethnical composition, history and how big the strength of the Catholic church is in each country, play a role.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Apr 2, 2013 6:31:07 PM


  8. Yet again,other parts of the world are leading the U.S. on human rights..got to love it.

    Posted by: Kevin | Apr 2, 2013 6:53:33 PM


  9. @SayTheTruth
    Mexico will have marriage equality long before the US. Mexico City and one other state now perform SSMs and they are recognized everywhere. The Supreme Court has ruled three times that same-sex marriage is a right (ironically citing "Brown v Board of Education" and "Loving v Virginia"). Two more times and their opinion will become binding precedent.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 2, 2013 7:09:24 PM


  10. SayTheTruth is very correct. I have been to Mexico, Chile, and Argentina, and they are all very different countries. Argentina, Uruguay, (and to a lesser extent Chile) are countries with more educated, more middle-class populations...so this is no surprise, really.

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Apr 2, 2013 7:23:44 PM


  11. @Steve Good news then, the whole continent is steering towards equality with full strength. Even though the influence America has in the world is huge, so I can't wait for that to happen for what would mean for countries where they are not allowed to LIVE, least to marry.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Apr 2, 2013 7:26:03 PM


  12. Congrats to Uruguay! It is remarkable the progress that's been seen in South America given the attitudes many have when thinking of South American countries regarding a) Macho Culture and b) Catholicism. But instead they've progressed past the US on this issue and at least a few more countries are on track to see marriage equality passed before the US. Great to see, great for Uruguayan citizens!

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 2, 2013 7:36:43 PM


  13. Uruguay seems pretty progressive on social policy. Marriage equality most likely coming, and they're the first latin american country to legalize abortion. Now they have to tackle income inequality.

    Posted by: will | Apr 2, 2013 8:21:45 PM


  14. Uruguay seems pretty progressive on social policy. Marriage equality most likely coming, and they're the first latin american country to legalize abortion. Now they have to tackle income inequality.

    Posted by: will | Apr 2, 2013 8:21:52 PM


  15. When I was sent there on business 35 years ago, a military police state had taken over after failed socialist regimes had bankrupted the country. Uruguay and Argentina are relatively similar. Brazil and the countries to the north of it are much more diverse , because of the former slave trade.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 2, 2013 8:48:33 PM


  16. When I was sent there on business 35 years ago, a military police state had taken over after failed socialist regimes had bankrupted the country. Uruguay and Argentina are relatively similar. Brazil and the countries to the north of it are much more diverse , because of the former slave trade.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 2, 2013 8:48:34 PM


  17. In this regard, the Old World (UK and France) will soon become the New World and vice versa. What an irony of history.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 2, 2013 8:55:37 PM


  18. Congratulations Uruguay. I have read many positive things about Uruguay. One troubling thing I read is that in the last two decades about 500,000 Uruguayans have emigrated from their country of about 3.3 million. Whats the deal with that?

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 2, 2013 8:58:41 PM


  19. Uruguay is also likely to legalize marijuana this year. They would then actually be ahead of the Netherlands. Long oppressed by the Roman Catholic hierarchy, Uruguay became extremely conscious of the negative effects of church controlling state. Like Spain, Portugal, and Argentina, they now know that separation of church and state is essential to creating a moral, successful, and modern nation. Uruguay also has the advantages of a small and highly educated population. They are noted as the most heavily white nation in the Americas (whites make up over 90% of the population - even higher than in Canada and Argentina).

    Posted by: DB | Apr 2, 2013 9:10:17 PM


  20. DB
    "Uruguay is also likely to legalize marijuana this year"
    Wrong, since in Uruguay the consumption of marijuana IS ALREADY legal, what they are looking to implement is that the state will run its commercialisation.
    " Long oppressed by the Roman Catholic hierarchy, Uruguay became extremely conscious of the negative effects of church controlling state."
    Wrong, neither the Catholic church or any other church has ever been directing or "controlling" the State, because it's forbidden in the Constitution. In Uruguay separation between Church (s) and State was in place since 1830.
    " Like Spain, Portugal, and Argentina, they now know that separation of church and state is essential"
    Wrong,in Argentina and Spain the Catholic Church has the same power as always, given by their Constitution.
    "They are noted as the most heavily white nation in the Americas (whites make up over 90% of the population - even higher than in Canada and Argentina)."
    Well that's also true in the case of the USA
    the UK !!

    Posted by: Gus | Apr 2, 2013 10:02:26 PM


  21. Bob
    "When I was sent there on business 35 years ago, a military police state had taken over after failed socialist regimes had bankrupted the country."
    Wright and Wrong:
    The plan Condor was imposed by the USA on several S.A countries, and Uruguay was one of them.
    That the country was run by socialists it's plain bull.... Actually it was run by the same right wing politicians that today are opposition, and that managed to corruptly drive the country almost to bankruptcy. The military coup was directed against those that are today in government.

    Posted by: Gus | Apr 2, 2013 10:17:45 PM


  22. I'm equally surprised by this news' title using "ley de matrimonio igualitario" ( the link provided by tlrd) which is so literally correct and ahead of many media.

    Posted by: woo | Apr 2, 2013 10:59:34 PM


  23. You go, Gus! Uruguay is a remarkable country with a higher literacy rate than the U.S. and fair and generous national health care system and some of the nicest people you would ever care to know.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 3, 2013 11:36:32 AM


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