Uruguay legalizes gay marriage

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).

Palacio Legislativo in Montevideo, Uruguay (via Shutterstock)

Palacio Legislativo in Montevideo, Uruguay (via Shutterstock)

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:

  1. Argentina
  2. Belgium
  3. Canada
  4. Denmark
  5. Iceland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Norway
  8. Portugal
  9. Spain
  10. South Africa
  11. Sweden
  12. Brazil (parts)
  13. Mexico (one state and the capital)
  14. US (some states)
  15. Uruguay – in July, nationwide
  16. France – this summer, nationwide


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  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    You, are also a good example of why abortion should remain legal.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    America has become truly exceptional in the world of the nadir.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Ritchie/502235138 John Ritchie

    Governments do not have the authority of right to change what is unchangeable. Marriage will always be between one husband and one wife, no matter what the courts decide. There are at least 10 good reasons why same-sex “marriage” is harmful.
    http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/politically-incorrect/homosexuality/10-reasons-why-homosexual-marriage-is-harmful-and-must-be-opposed.html

  • S1AMER

    And arrogance! Don’t forget that we’re near the top when it comes to arrogance!

  • nicho

    So, the US now lags in everything — except dropping bombs on people.

  • FLL

    Don’t forget Colombia, whose high court ruled that marriage equality must begin in June unless the legislature moves to stop it. Most observers believe the legislature will take no action, in effect allowing marriage equality to become law in June. BeccaM is quite right to mention Brazil’s and Mexico’s national standards for marriage. In August of 2010, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages
    performed in Mexico City must be recognized throughout the country (including benefits, such as Social Security). That probably applies to the southern states of Quintana Roo and Oaxaca, where same-sex marriages can also be performed.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I love living in a third world country.

  • Drew2u

    I would suggest you revise the list with only federal recognition counting as countries with marriage and asterisks (*) after the list with countries without federal but other domestic non-equal contracts.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    In both Brazil and Mexico, they have federalized standards for marriage — which means a same-sex marriage is considered legal and binding throughout the entire country, regardless which jurisdiction originally issued the license.

    In essence, America is alone in that list with its partial ban states-wise and complete federal ban on recognition.

  • BeminDC

    How embarassing. I’d list them at #12. Partial doesn’t quite cut it, esp. in the US where it means nothing at the federal level . . .

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    We’re number one, John.

    Number. !@#$ing. One.

  • matt227

    Don’t forget about New Zealand, which is very near final passage too.

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