Uruguay Congress approves gay marriage bill
April 11 , 2013
The lower chamber of Congress in Uruguay on Wednesday approved a proposal to legalize gay marriage.
The bill had already received the support of the Senate.
It makes Uruguay only the second country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, after Argentina.
In recent years, Uruguay has voted to allow same-sex civil unions, adoption by gay couples and to allow gay individuals to join the armed forces.
Argentina legalized gay marriage in 2010. Same-sex marriages have been legal in Mexico City since 2009.
Last May, Brazil's Supreme Court voted by an overwhelming majority to allow same-sex couples the same legal rights as married heterosexuals.
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