A couple of weeks ago the Uruguayan Senate voted to approve gay and lesbian marriage and yesterday, lawmakers cast the ultimate vote to approve same-sex marriage—making it the third country in the Americas (after Canada and Argentina) to do so. The bill passed to a chorus of cheers in the Chamber of Deputies in a vote of 71-21 (although not all members were present). “We are living a historic moment,” said Federico Grana, a leader of the Black Sheep Collective.”In terms of the steps needed, we calculate that the first gay couples should be getting married 90 days after the promulgation of the law, or in the middle of July.” As a result of some last-minute changes to the piece of legislation by senators, the bill needed to be voted on one last time by the Chamber of Deputies. The last-minute changes, though, didn’t detract from the bill, but actually made it stronger. One of the changes includes the ability for non-Uruguayans to visit the country to get married. President Jose Mujica is expected to to put the law into effect within ten days. [HuffPo]
All right, now who’s planning their dream wedding in Punta del Este?