December 19, 2012, ( – The Uruguayan Chamber of Deputies overwhelmingly voted last week to approve a bill that would make “marriage” a legal right for homosexual couples and for transsexuals as well, according to local media reports.

The text of the bill states that “the institution of matrimony will include the union of two contracting parties, whatever their gender identity or sexual orientation, on the same terms, with equal effects and forms of solution that the Civil Code currently establishes.”

A large number of “conservative” Colorado Party members voted with the dominant socialist Broad Front to pass the legislation with 81 out of 87 members present voting in favor, and 12 members absent.


The legislation will now pass to the Senate, where it is also expected to be approved.

President José Mujica, also a Broad Front socialist, has already indicated his intention to sign.  If he does so, Uruguay will become the second country to convert homosexual “marriage” into a “right,” following Argentina in 2010.  Mexico City has also approved the institution. 

The Supreme Courts of Brazil and Mexico both appear to be on a trajectory of imposing it on their countries, as well.

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According to the leftist Spanish newspaper El Pais, the most “emotional” moment of the debate came when a letter was read by an Argentine adolescent who had been adopted by a homosexual, a practice accepted both in Argentina and Uruguay.

Uruguay, a country in which only 60 percent of the population identifies with a religion, already supplies “civil unions” for homosexual couples and allows homosexuals to openly serve in the military. It became the first Latin American country to approve homosexual adoption in 2009.

The success of homosexual “marriage” at the electoral level of Uruguayan politics, following passage of a similar law in Argentina in 2010, signals a growing acceptance in Latin America of the homosexual political agenda, although much resistance remains in more conservative and Catholic countries.


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