Uruguay’s Senate Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage

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Uruguay’s Senate overwhelming voted yesterday to approve a law that would create one inclusive law governing matrimony by eliminating the words “husband” and “wife” from marriage contracts. The vote, 23-8, would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. The legislation, initially approved by a lower house in December, will make Uruguay the second country in Latin Amerca—following Argentina—to allow gay marriage. The bill now returns to the lower chamber of Congress with additional changes. “It goes beyond homosexuality, it’s about a law where everyone shares the same rights and obligations,” said Federico Grana, a lawmaker in the ruling Frente Amplio coalition and a member of the Black Sheep Collective, a gay rights group that presented the bill’s first draft. [NZH]

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