Uruguay. We’re now behind Uruguay. Think about that for a moment. The Uruguayan House of Representatives just passed the bill legalizing gay marriage int he country. It has already passed the Senate last week.
The legislation now goes to the President, Jose Mujica, who has said he would sign it – he’s actually been campaigning on behalf of the legislation. The law should go into by July (some news reports say in ten days).
This would bring the count to 15 countries that have opened up marriage to gay couples. France will be #16 when its legislation is wrapped up by this summer (the key provision passed last night, all but ensuring that gay unions will be legalized in France come this summer, but they’re still working their way through hundreds of anti-gay amendments, so it will take a while to wrap up the entire thing).
Uruguay will become the second Latin American country to legalize gay marriages nationwide – Argentina was the first. In Mexico, gay marriages may be performed in Mexico City and only one state – those unions are valid throughout Mexico.
Brazil and the US also have a piecemeal approach to same-sex marriage – legal in some parts, not in the other. Here are the countries that have, or soon will have, gay marriage nationwide or in parts of the country:
- South Africa
- Brazil (parts)
- Mexico (one state and the capital)
- US (some states)
- Uruguay – in July, nationwide
- France – this summer, nationwide