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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 11:36 PM

Uruguay's lower house approves gay marriage law

Uruguay's lower house approves gay marriage law
December 11, 2012 | Modified: December 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) Lawmakers in taboo-breaking Uruguay voted to legalize gay marriage late Tuesday night, approving a single law governing marriage for heterosexuals and homosexuals.

The proposal now goes to the Senate, where the ruling coalition has enough votes for passage. President Jose Mujica plans to sign it into law early next year.

The proposal, which passed the lower house of Congress by a wide margin Tuesday, would also let all couples, gay or straight, decide whose surname goes first when they name their children.

That breaks with a tradition that has held for centuries across Latin America, where in nearly every country, laws require people to give their children two last names, and the father's comes first.

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