Uruguay Poised to Legalize Gay Marriage

Uruguay is about to become the second country in Latin America (Argentina was the first) to legalize gay marriage. The lower house of the Uruguayan Congress passed a bill Wednesday to recognize gay marriage with 71 of its 92 members in support, just a week after the Senate approved it by a similarly wide margin. The country's leftist President Jose Mujica is expected to sign the bill, and even the country's center-right opposition leader threw his support behind it. "I agree that family is the basis of society, but I also believe that love is the basis of family. And love is neither homosexual nor heterosexual," the Colorado Party's Fernando Amado said. In addition to recognizing gay marriage, the bill will let couples choose the order of their adopted children's last names and will increase the age of consent for sex to 16 from the current age of 12 for women and 14 for men, BBC News reported.

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