Uruguay Congress Overwhelmingly Approves Gay Marriage

Plaza Independencia, Montevideo. Image via Passport.

Plaza Independencia, Montevideo. Image via Passport.

Good news from Uruguay yesterday evening when their Congress overwhelmingly approved same-sex marriage. Eighty one of the 99-member congress voted for marriage equality. The legislation, which will treat same-sex marriage and opposite-sex marriage equal within the law, now moves on to the Senate where it is expected to pass. The president, Jose Mujica, said that he would sign the legislation into law if it is brought to his desk by the Senate. According to HuffPo via AP, “The proposal…would also let all couples, gay or straight, decide whose surname goes first when they name their children. That breaks with a tradition that has held for centuries across Latin America, where in nearly every country, laws require people to give their children two last names, and the father’s comes first.”  If passed, Uruguay will join Argentina as the only two nations in South America that officailly recognize gay and lesbian marriage.

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