Uruguay might become the second Latin American country to allow same-sex marriages nationwide. The senate, which led by leftist doctor President Jose Mujica and has far more cattle than its 3.3 million people, last week approved a bill legalizing marriage between "two people of different or the same sex." Now the lower house, which passed a different version of the bill in December, must vote again on the bill for it to become law. Passage would make Uruguay the second in the region to approve gay marriage after Argentina, which did so in 2010. Same-sex marriage has been permitted in Mexico City since 2009. Uruguay's Catholic Church appealed during Easter week for the defense of the institution of marriage, but only eight opposition senators voted against the bill while 23 voted in favor. Over the past six years, Uruguay has legalized civil unions for homosexuals and the adoption of children by same sex couples and opened the military to gays. The new law allowing same-sex marriage also includes other changes applying to all locals regardless of sexual orientation. The minimum age for legal marriage will increase to 16 for all instead of the current 12 for women and 14 for men. Same-sex couples who adopt will be allowed to choose the order in which a child uses family names.Source: AFP << Gay Marriage Opponents Called 'Homophobic' by Paris Protest... Therapeutic Potential of SiRNA Drugs Boosted By Nanoparticl... >> Recommended Reading French Senate Grants Gay Couples the Right to Marry Clearing the way for a law that has sparked protests from conservatives and religious groups, France's Senate approved the crucial first article of a bill granting gay couples the right to marry. READ MORE US Republican Angst Prompted By Gay Marriage Momentum Republicans find themselves in a tightening political vice on the issue of Americans tilting toward support of gay marriage. READ MORE Anti-Gay Marriage Activists Continue to Protest in Paris With gay marriage looking increasingly likely to be legalized in France, tens of thousands of people protesting against any such legislation took out a protest march. READ MORE US Supreme Court to Oversee Fight for Gay Marriage When the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a landmark case, supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are prepared to turn out in force in Washington. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Color Blindness Calculator More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?