Uruguay May Allow Gay Adoption
The march for LGBT rights across South America continues as Uruguay prepares to legalize adoption by gay couples.
The legislation is expected to pass in the Senate, where the ruling party has a majority. The Senate will vote on the bill next month. In December 2007, Uruguay's parliament passed legislation to recognise same-sex civil unions. The country of 3.6m people was the first nation in South America to grant such protections, although some cities and regions throughout the continent have made similar legal provisions. The Congress passed legislation creating a civil union registry for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples who have lived together for at least five years. In May Uruguay lifted a ban on gays serving in its military.The Archbishop of Montevideo opposes the proposed legislation. Of course he does.