Uruguay’s Congress to Consider Gay Marraige

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Uruguay’s congress is considering passing a marriage-equality law that will allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. While the country became the first in Latin America to offer civil unions in 2008, the final step toward marriage has divided the heavily Catholic nation. But a slew of progressive laws like the legalization of abortions and the sale of government-grown marijuana may indicate that the Broad Front Coalition–controlled congress may be willing to pass marriage equality. If passed, it would change Uruguays century-old civil code and could even lead to adoption rights for married gay and lesbian couples. “Today’s society is much broader than the heterosexual, and the civil code should reflect this: a marriage institution that applies equally to all,” Federico Grana, a member of the Black Sheep Collective—the organization that helped draft the legislation—told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “This goes well beyond homosexuality — it’s a law that gives all the same rights and responsibilities.”


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