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Uruguay Approves Gay Marriage Bill

Lawmakers in Uruguay voted to legalize gay marriage late Tuesday night. The country is now the 12th nation in the world and the second Latin American to allow gay marriage.

AFP reports:

Uruguayan lawmakers approved a bill early Wednesday to legalize same-sex marriage and sent it on to the Senate.

The Chamber of Deputies approved the measure after eight hours of debate, with 81 votes in favor out of 87 legislators present. The result was greeted with thunderous applause from around 200 activists watching from the gallery.

The bill — introduced by members of President Jose Mujica’s leftist Frente Amplio — seeks to reform the civil code so that “heterosexuals, homosexuals, lesbians and the transgendered are allowed to have a monogamous marriage” and emphasizes the “transformation of the family as an institution.”

“This is not a homosexual or gay marriage law,” said Julio Bango, a Frente legislator and one of the bill’s authors. “It is a measure to equalize the institution of marriage independent of the sex of the couple.”

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