By an overwhelming majority, the Uruguayan Chamber of Representatives – the lower house of Congress – has voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill must now be passed by the Senate and enacted by President José Mujica. In both cases, its approval is considered to be certain.
Uruguay is thus set to become the second country in Latin America, after Argentina, to allow marriage for same-sex couples. Since 2008, homosexual couples in Uruguay who have lived together for at least five years have been able to register their partnerships as legally recognized civil unions.