Uraguay Legalizes Gay Unions
Uruguay’s congress has approved a bill which would allow civil unions for both gay and unmarried straight couples.
It is the first country in Roman Catholic-dominated Latin America to approve such a measure nationwide. Way to go! Hopefully, this action will open the doors for other countries to follow suit. While gay marriage is still not legal, this is a huge step in the right direction.
Under the new law gay or straight couples who have been together for 5 years and who register their relationship with authorities will be granted cohabitation rights – covering areas such as inheritance, pensions and child custody – and will also be able to formalise the end of their union.