Uruguay Becomes the 12th Nation in the World to Legalize Gay Marriage

Thursday, April 11, 2013

National flag of the South American nation of Uruguay

With 71 of the 92 members of the Chamber of Deputies, Uruguay, voted to legalize gay marriage, making the South American country, the third in the Americas to do so.

Supporters of the law, who had filled the public seats in the legislative building, erupted in celebration Wednesday when the results were announced.

Sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil, and with a population of 3.3 million people, Uruguay becomes the 12th nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

The vote makes Uruguay the third country in the Americas after Canada and Argentina to eliminate laws making marriage, adoption and other family rights exclusive to straight people.


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8 Responses to Uruguay Becomes the 12th Nation in the World to Legalize Gay Marriage

  1. feminazi says:

    Tiny Uruguay shows the enormous United States what equality is and how to treat citizens fairly. I cheer Uruguay and shame the United States for passing DOMA. If the SCOTUS fails to strike down DOMA, then the United States stands with China and Russia.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    Way to go, Uruguay! ^5^!

  3. Pechanga says:

    It looks like France is next to legalize marriage equality. Despite bigoted opposition from Catholics, the majority of French Catholics stand for equality.

    We should know about France by June.

  4. Vivzz says:

    I believe Peru followed by Chile will be the next South American nations to approve gay marriage. I was born and raised in Peru and we are a nation that embraces civil liberties and personal rights. Brazil is far more complicated and unruly. More like the USA. I am very proud of Uruguay for showing the world South America is not a continent of backwater nations but a continent of evolved, sophisticated nations.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    What terrific news to wake up to! I agree with Pechanga. Same-sex marriage will be legalized next in France. Sadly, never in Italy.

  6. Rachel says:

    I’m always taken aback when a small nation can legalize gay marriage and the world doesn’t come to an end? Meanwhile, the U.S. lurches along, even passing laws to restrict and limit the rights of tax paying, law abiding gay Americans. Good for Uruguay and shame on Bill Clinton for signing DOMA.

  7. fabiooli says:

    Reblogged this on Fabio's hidden placee comentado:
    Viva los Hermanos uruguayos!

  8. fran says:

    In some countries, they just call it “marriage”.
    If only we could just fast forward to that place & drop the labels.

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