Uruguay, first country in Latin America to legalize civil unions for homosexuals

The new law recognises marital duties and obligations for homosexual couples that live together for more than 5 years. From next week, in Uruguay, gay couples will have the same rights as heterosexual marriages have. 

Until now, in Latin America, civil union between gay couples was only legal in Mexico City, the Brazilian state of Rio Grande du Sol and three regions in Argentina: Buenos Aires, Villa Carlos Paz and the province of Rio Negro.

The initiative includes the creation of a Registration place where couples of any gender can  legalize their union, so the Government will recognize their rights as they’ve done with traditional marriages.

Also, they’ve change their definition for a legal union. Now, Law recognises it as “the situation that derivates from the cohabitation of two people- from any gender, identity, orientation or sexual choice- that have a sexual an romantic relationship, which should be exclusive and stable”

Gabriela Juncosa (Ecuador, AC07-09)

– United World College Student Magazine – 

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