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Uruguay Senate Approves Marriage Equality Bill

Jim Burroway

April 2nd, 2013

Uruguay’s Senate, after several hours of debate, approved a bill which would provide marriage equality to same-sex couples in a 23-8 vote.

Sen. Rafael Michelini opened the hours long debate by declaring that same-sex marriage represented a “radical change” that future generations may compare to the abolition of slavery. “Of course I cannot compare it to finaly abolishing slavery, because they were fighting that for hundres of years, but for the purposes of a person acquiring rights, is it not a kind of liberation?” Opposition Senator Francisco Gallinal objected to characterizing same-sex marriage as “marriage equality,” warning that other members of society may demand the legalization of polygamy. The bill was strongly supported by the ruling Broad Front party, while the main opposition parties allowed their members a conscience vote.

The Senate version of the bill is slightly different from the version approved by the Chamber of Deputies in December. The bill now goes back to the lower house for final approval. President José Mujica has said he will signed the bill into law when it reaches his desk.

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Sir Andrew
April 2nd, 2013 | LINK

The list of countries establish marriage equality grows and grows and yet America, once the leader of the world, is still not on it. What will it take to make those dinosaurs in Congress face their responsibilities and do their jobs?

Timothy Kincaid
April 2nd, 2013 | LINK

Sir Andrew,

Congress isn’t the place where national marriage laws are defined. Marriage is defined by states. In fact, we just went before the Supreme Court to argue that DOME was a violation of that principle.

However, the Supreme Court may find that the states are not allowed to define marriage in a way that discriminates against gay couples.

In any case, Congress’ only role is to repeal DOMA if the court doesn’t beat them to it

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