Same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in Uruguay from today.
The country became the twelfth in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in May after President Jose Mujica signed the measure into law.
About half a dozen couples will apply for dates at civil registry offices in the coming days, activists say.
However, full legalisation concerning equal marriage in Brazil still depends on the passage of a law in Congress.
“This is the equivalent of authorising homosexual marriage in Brazil,” Raquel Pereira de Castro Araujo, head of the human rights committee of the Brazilian bar association told the AFP news agency at the time.