Montevideo: A trailblazing law allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children was due to pass its final hurdle in Uruguay on Wednesday with a Senate vote, in what will be a first in Latin America.
"It`s the penultimate issue on the agenda" for today`s
Senate session, Senator Margarita Percovich said to a news agency.
The Senate already approved a draft bill on its first
reading in July, but it now faces a second vote due to slight
changes to the text introduced when the lower house voted
approved the legislation last month.
Gay adoptions remain contentious worldwide, and Uruguay,
a nation of some 3.5 million people, will take another step
away from its more conservative neighbors after having already
authorized gay civil unions last year.
But the ruling leftist Frente Amplio coalition has a
majority in parliament and had been expected to push the
Tabare Vazquez, the first leftist president in Uruguayan
history, already opened access for homosexuals to military
schools in May.
The move has faced huge opposition, though, from the
country`s religious leaders and some right-wing politicians.
The Catholic Church is against the bill because "from
Genesis in the Bible, it says that `God created man and
woman,`" Bishop Paul Galimbertti said to a news agency.