The Uruguayan Chamber of Deputies is expected to approve tomorrow the Equal Marriage Act in the country, a project that has generated the rejection of the Catholic Church and converted to Uruguay in the twelfth country in the world to adopt this measure and the second of Latin America.
The president of the lower house, Germán Cardozo, Efe confirmed the call for the meeting a request from the ruling party, with a majority in both legislative houses (Senate and deputies) and promoter of the proposal will "formally" in the coming hours.
The petition will be accepted because "it is becoming clear the will of the majority" and the session will start at 16.00 local time (19.00 GMT) on Wednesday, he added.
The controversial law was passed late last year in the House of Representatives but being endorsed last week by the Senate underwent some minor changes, so it is necessary that the House ratifies the new text before President Jose Mujica the enacted and becomes law.
According to Cardozo, the Committee on Constitution and Codes of the Chamber of Deputies and the changes accepted but also summons a plenary debate in which any of the 99 deputies may speak for 15 minutes, which anticipates a long day.
The dialectical exchange will be fueled by the presence of favorable groups like Black Sheep civil organization, which has called a press conference at the end of the session to "reflect" on a law that qualifies as "historic" and "thank many people who made this achievement possible. "
At odds with this view, a group of opponents of the initiative said on Monday afternoon in downtown Montevideo and Wednesday expected to show their rejection of the legislative vote on the steps of Parliament.
Controversy aside, "it appears to be passing," said Cardozo, since most of the ruling adds the support of other opposition parliamentarians, which allowed the law progressed in the first vote in that chamber last December with vote of 81 of the 87 lawmakers in the room.
The Senate, meanwhile, took the lead for good with 23 lawmakers in favor and only 8 against.
Before the last vote, the Archbishop of Montevideo, Nicolas Cotugno, asked lawmakers who profess the Catholic religion an initiative vote, which in his opinion, is "against God's plan."
The first article of the draft states that the institution of marriage "will mean the union of two parties, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation of these, on the same terms, with the same effects and ways of solution sets to present the Code Civil ".
One of the most striking aspects of the regulation is the regulation on the order of names that should bring the children of homosexual couples, to be agreed by both spouses or by lot in case of failure to reach agreement and also to heterosexual marriages.
It also generates dispute the right of children to know their biological father if the mother is married to another woman, it has in a pregnancy relationship with a man, but not in the case of the use of the method fertilization "in vitro", by reserving the identity of sperm donors.
Currently, gay marriage is legal in Spain, Holland, Belgium, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Denmark and Argentina, and in six U.S. states, Mexico City, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and in the Brazilian state of Alagoas.
During the tenure of the current president of Uruguay, the ex-guerrilla Jose Mujica, the Broad Front leftist bloc, has decriminalized abortion in the country and opened a parliamentary debate to legalize marijuana.
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