Uruguay Senates passes freedom to marry legislation

This afternoon, the Senate of Uruguay passed legislation that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples across the country, making Uruguay nearly certain to be the 15th nation in the world where gay and lesbian couples can share in the freedom to marry. The bill today passed by a vote of 23-8. 

In December, an overwhelming majority of representatives in the Chamber of Deputies approved the freedom to marry, and this bill passed today reflected slight modifications. The changes implemented today are expected to be easily approved by the deputies in a final vote before being passed over to President José Mujica, who has indicated that he will sign the bill. 

Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, applauded the news today. He said:

Freedom to Marry applauds the people of Uruguay and their government for moving forward into a future in which all loving and committed couples can share in the freedom to marry and the meaning and protections marriage brings to families. Uruguay's vote today to move past civil union to marriage itself, Argentina's enactment of the freedom to marry in 2010 and the Mexico Supreme Court's unanimous ruling last month in favor of the freedom to marry - citing the U.S Supreme Court cases of Brown v. Board of Education and Loving v. Virginia - all are inspirations and examples decision-makers here in the United States, including our Supreme Court justices, should swiftly follow to get the United States where it needs to be.

When marriages between same-sex couples begin this summer, Uruguay will join 11 countries that have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide: The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, and Denmark. Three others have taken judicial and regional steps to allow same-sex couples to share in the freedom to marry in parts of the country: Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.

Learn all about the freedom to marry internationally HERE.