“The approval of equal marriage and adoption for same sex-couples is supported by Amnesty International’s position that the right to marry and found a family, as set out in international human rights law, should be applied without discrimination, including for same-sex couples,” said Javier Zúñiga, Special Advisor at Amnesty International.
“The passing of the law has been possible mainly thanks to the persistence and campaigning of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) and other civil society organizations in an out of Uruguay.”
“This is an important step towards full equality for LGBTI people in South America, where discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity remains high.”
The law also allows same-sex couples to adopt children, as well as to choose the order of their children’s surnames – allowing children to take the surname of both their parents.
The measure must now be signed into law by Uruguayan President José Mujica to come into force. Currently, Uruguayan regulations allow for civil unions of same-sex couples.