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Uruguay Poised To Approve Gay Marriage

Uruguay's Parliament appears ready to legalize same-sex marriage.
The bill is being driven by the country’s ruling coalition, the Frente Amplio which has a majority in both houses – giving it an excellent chance of succeeding. The bill’s author, Frente Amplio MP, Sebastián Sabini, told the newspaper, “We do not focus so much on the issue of gay marriage but of equal marriage regardless of sex, gender or religion.” The bill, would amend the country’s Civil Code to refer to spouses instead of husband and wife, meaning transgender and intersex people would also be covered, and would allow non-biological parents in a marriage to be given parental rights and obligations to their partners’ biological children.
LGBT rights in Uruguay are already among the most advanced in South America. Gays can serve openly in the military and in 2008 civil unions were made available to couples that have been together for five years.

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