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My apologies for the short diary, but this just hit the news.

Uruguay is on the verge of granting marriage equality.

Eighty-one of the 99 members of Uruguay's House of Representatives voted to legalize same-sex marriage this evening. Twelve members of the chamber were not present for the vote. The bill now advances to the Senate, where support is equally strong, according to LGBT activists. President José Mujica plans to sign the measure into law in early 2013. "Very happy here!" said Álvaro Queiruga of the LGBT lobby group Colectivo Ovejas Negras (Black Sheep Collective). Uruguay will be the 12th nation to offer same-sex marriage nationwide. Same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Mexico (where same-sex marriage is legal in the Federal District, i.e. Mexico City, and in the state of Oaxaca, and those marriages are recognized nationwide)
Uruguay, you are about to join the world as the twelfth nation to recognize our rights and our love. I will sleep well thinking about that.

Let's hope the United States of America isn't far behind you.

Originally posted to Steven Payne on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM PST.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality and LatinoKos.

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