Lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend adoption rights to gay couples in Uruguay, the latest measure to relax laws on homosexuality that has drawn criticism from church leaders in the country, which is predominantly Roman Catholic.
Gay people are allowed to adopt under Uruguayan law, but only as individuals rather than jointly as a couple. Gay marriage remains illegal.
The Parliament in Uruguay, a small South American nation with a secular state structure, passed a law in late 2007 to permit gay couples to have civil unions, which grant similar rights as marriage.
Earlier this year the center-left government also lifted a ban on gay people serving in the armed forces.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Gay Adoptions on the Horizon in Uruguay
Along with the usual opposition from The Big Church.