Govt. To Allow Civil Unions

Uruguay Getting Even More Gay

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You are gay, indeed! Uruguay’s government came closer to legalizing civil unions.

Uruguay will legalize civil unions for homosexuals and heterosexuals next month, making it the first Latin American nation to treat gay and straight couples alike, a lawmaker said.

Deputies passed legislation allowing gay and straight couples to form civil unions after living together for at least five years.

“This recognition of the legal status of couples…recognizes the legal status of homosexual couples, which gives it a completely new dimension,” said Edgardo Ortuno, a member of the center-left ruling party.

Before it can be applied, senators must consider the law again because some revisions were made to the document. Ortuno said he expects it to take effect by mid-December.

The measure will grant unionized couples the same inheritance, social security and parenting rights afforded married couples.

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4 Comments

  • Bitch Republic

    It’s good that Uruquay is giving some measure of recognition to gay relationships, but gay people have to live together FIVE years before they can have a civil union? Give me a break! BITCHES!

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  • hells kitchen guy

    Hey Bitch Republic: Beats the U.S. laws. Pretty sad that a tiny, impoverished South American country has national DP and we don’t.

  • akaison

    okay that just makes the US embarassing. Uruquay- seriously? What the fuck?

  • refreshmedchris

    I live across the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina….we have had this law on the books for a few years but only in the federal capital, not the rest of Argentina. Both Argentina and Uruguay’s politics are very European. Everything progressive starts in Europe, and eventually makes its way across the Atlantic. I hope it is sooner than later. Exitos a los Uruguayos!

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