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Congress in Uruguay approves gay marriage bill

The Uruguayan congress approved marriage equality on Wednesday, with a final vote on a bill that defines marriage as “a union between two people of different or the same sex”, making it the second country in the region after Argentina to do so.

BBC reports:

Congress in Uruguay has voted overwhelmingly to legalise gay marriage, becoming the second country in Latin America to do so, after Argentina.

The bill was approved by more than two-thirds of the lower chamber, despite opposition from the Catholic Church.

The proposal has already been backed by the upper house. It is expected to be signed into law within two weeks.

President Jose Mujica has been championing the bill.

Despite opposition from the Roman Catholic Church in Uruguay, 71 out of 92 deputies have voted in favour of the measure.

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