Uruguay, long-regarded as one of the most progressive countries in Latin America, set a standard for the region by allowing same-sex couples to adopt children with a bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday.
The bill was approved 17-6, with most of its support coming from legislators of the ruling leftist Frente Amplio coalition, which has a majority in Congress, and from two of the three senators of the opposition Partido Colorado. The measure passed the lower house in August and is expected to be signed into law soon.
“Whether the couple is gay or not should not be a matter of consideration,” said ruling party Sen. Margarita Percovich, who sponsored the bill. “What matters is if the family is able to educate and stimulate the child to grow as a fulfilled human being.”
The adoption legislation allows couples in legalized civil unions to adopt regardless of their sexual orientation.
Full story at The Miami Herald.