Skip to comments.Uruguay lawmakers vote to legalize gay marriage
Posted on 04/11/2013 5:24:31 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
Uruguayan lawmakers voted to legalize gay marriage, making the South American country the third in the Americas to do so.
Supporters of the law, who had filled the public seats in the legislative building, erupted in celebration Wednesday when the results were announced. The bill received the backing of 71 of the 92 members of the Chamber of Deputies present.
"We are living a historic moment," said Federico Grana, a leader of the Black Sheep Collective, a gay rights group that drafted the proposal. "In terms of the steps needed, we calculate that the first gay couples should be getting married 90 days after the promulgation of the law, or in the middle of July."
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Wikipedia: Political observers consider Uruguay the most secular country in the Americas.
Uruguay has no official religion; church and state are officially separated, and religious freedom is guaranteed. A 2008 survey by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (Uruguay) (es) of Uruguay showed Catholicism as the main religion, with 45.7% of the population; 9.0% are non-Catholic Christians, 0.6% are Animists or Umbandists (an Afro-Brazilian religion), and 0.4% Jewish. 30.1% reported believing in a god, but not belonging to any religion, while 14% were Atheist or Agnostic. Among the sizeable Armenian community in Montevideo, the dominant religion is Christianity, specifically Armenian Apostolic.
Political observers consider Uruguay the most secular country in the Americas. Uruguay’s secularization began with the relatively minor role of the church in the colonial era, compared with other parts of the Spanish Empire. The small numbers of Uruguay’s Indians and their fierce resistance to proselytism reduced the influence of the ecclesiastical authorities.
After independence, anti-clerical ideas spread to Uruguay, particularly from France, further eroding the influence of the church. In 1837, civil marriage was recognized and in 1861 the state took over the running of public cemeteries. In 1907, divorce was legalized and in 1909, all religious instruction was banned from state schools. Under the influence of the radical Colorado reformer José Batlle y Ordóñez (19031911), complete separation of church and state was introduced with the new constitution of 1917.
World is going crazy. Lowering age of consent and prostitution will be next. But I guess a capital gains tax cut will cure all of that..../s
Great! If that’s the way humanity is thinking, why don’t the human mathemeticians modify the laws of geometry and legalize the square circle. I mean, if you look at the object from far enough away (analogous to: “Minimize Christ’s influence on your culture”) a square doesn’t appear any different than a circle anyway (it just looks like a dot), so let’s just call the square a circle.
That is where humanity is.
Jesus once said “When the Son of Man returns will He find any faith on earth?”