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Uruguay legalizes same-sex marriage

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguayan lawmakers have voted to legalize gay marriage, making the South American country the third in the Americas to do so, after Canada and Argentina.

Supporters of the law erupted in celebration Wednesday when the results were announced. The bill received the backing of 71 of the 92 members present.

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“We are living a historic moment,” said Federico Grana, a leader of the Black Sheep Collective, a gay rights group that drafted the proposal.

President Jose Mujica, whose governing Broad Front majority backed the law, is expected to put it into effect within 10 days.

Nationalist Senator Gerardo Amarilla opposed the law, saying it “debases the institution of marriage” and affects the family, especially in its “role in procreation.”

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