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Dec 12 2012 12:35PM
 
Uruguay approves gay marriage bill
A male participant is seen wearing a pink veil during the 'Night Pink Dot' event arrange to increase awareness and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Picture: Getty Images
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Uruguayan policymakers have legitimized a bill to permit the same sex marriages in the country, AFP reported on Wednesday.

According to AFP the bill seeks to reform Uruguay civil code so that heterosexuals, homosexuals and lesbians marriages could be legalized.

“This is not a homosexual or gay marriage law. It is a measure to equalize the institution of marriage independent of the sex of the couple,” one of the bill’s author Julio Bango told AFP.

BBC reported that the move by Uruguay would make the country the second Latin American nation after Argentina to permit gay marriages.
 
The site also reported that in May 2012, the Brazilian Supreme Court had voted tremendously in favour of the same-sex marriages.
 
Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights in Uruguay are among the most liberal in South America. Same-sex sexual activity is legal, anti-discrimination laws are in place, and gays and lesbians are allowed to serve openly in the military, according to Wikipedia.org.

Counties where same sex marriages are permitted
•    Argentina
•    Belgium
•    Brazil
•    Canada
•    Denmark
•    Iceland
•    Israel
•    Mexico
•    Netherlands
•    Norway
•    Portugal
•    South Africa
•    Spain
•    Sweden
•    United States

 

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