The first gay couple has registered to say “I do” in Uruguay, on the day the same-sex marriage bill became law following the ninety-day wait period.
The legislation passed the House of Representatives last December and Uruguay’s Senate approved it with some amendments on April 2, 2013. President José Mujica signed the bill on May 3, 2013 — making Uruguay the twelfth country to legalize same-sex marriage.
The couple, Sergio Miranda and Rodrigo Borda, said Monday that it was not only a day of “joy,” but also of “responsibility.”
On the other hand, critics, which include the Catholic Church and evangelical Christian groups, see same-sex marriage as a threat to the traditional family.
Argentina legalized gay marriage in 2010. Then Brazil’s court system on May 14, 2013, said officials had no standing to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, effectively making it the third Latin American nation, after Uruguay, to broaden licensing to include same-sex couples.