Uruguayan president signs law legalizing gay couples

MONTEVIDEO, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) – Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez on Thursday signed a law that legalizes civil unions for homosexual couples, which is the first nationwide law of its kind in Latin America.

“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded. But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. ”
óLuke 17:26-30

Under the new law which is to take effect on Jan. 1, 2008, gay and straight couples will be eligible for civil unions after living together for five years and will have rights similar to those granted to married couples on such matters as inheritance, pensions and child custody.

The bill was passed by the congress on Dec. 18, after heated debate.

The law was proposed by the ruling Broad Front Party, who described it as a “democratizing” measure that will protect people’s life options.

But the opposition National Party opposed the bill, with the party’s deputy chief Alvaro Alonso arguing that it “creates an institution that runs parallel to a marriage, competing with it even though it is second rate.”

Currently gay marriage remains illegal in Uruguay. In Latin America, civil unions between homosexuals are legally recognized in several places, including the Mexican capital Mexico City, the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, and Argentina’s Buenos Aires, Villa Carlos Paz and Rio Negro.

  1. Linda, 29 December, 2007

    Let’s see, it seems “Sodom & Gomorrah-ism” has sent out its tentacles world-wide.

    Open their eyes, Jesus.

  2. aneriz, 29 December, 2007

    Sadly a lot of the fuel for the gay/homosexual movement in Latin America is not local but imported from USA and Europe.

  3. Remnant, 29 December, 2007

    I guess the country can now be called Uru-gay!

    In Messiah

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