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Uruguay: Equal marriage law comes into effect

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 5 Aug 2013, 1:01pm

    Well done, Uruguay!

    Regarding Brazil. I was under the impression this was already settled on May 14th 2013 by a Federal court ruling which the National Council of Brazil passed by a vote of 14-1 ordering all notaries/registrars in the remaining states to issue marriage licences. Correct me if I’m wrong someone.

    This would of course make England/Wales number 16.

    1. Jock S. Trap 5 Aug 2013, 2:25pm

      England and Wales come under two separate countries so number 16 and 17

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 5 Aug 2013, 2:44pm

        I’m not quite sure if that’s the case. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are autonomous regions with some degree of self-governance for internal matters. I would say we’re number 16 including Wales which would mean if Scotland doesn’t gain outright independence, we’ll still be number 16 in my humble opinion. Perhaps someone with better knowledge than I could elucidate?

        1. The way I see it unless Scotland and NI pass en Equal Marriage Bill as well, England by itself doesn’t really count as the next country. We would just be on the same level as Brazil, Mexico and the USA where only some states, provinces, or in our case constituent countries have equal marriage.

          1. bobbleobble 5 Aug 2013, 4:51pm

            My personal view is that if it’s gone through a national parliament or court then it counts as a country. So the UK would count and it’s up to the autonomous regions to catch up. If that isn’t the case then Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand don’t count either since they all also have autonomous regions their control which don’t allow SSM.

            You’re wrong to include Brazil alongside USA and Mexico by the way since Robert is right. Since May 16th following the decision of the National Council SSM has been available nationwide in Brazil. That’s currently being appealed to the Supreme Court but the decision is still in effect.

          2. Robert in S. Kensington 5 Aug 2013, 5:52pm

            No Martin, we’re not on the same level as Mexico or the USA, far from it. England, though not a sovereign countr since the union with Scotland is still a country in it’s own right as a constituent part of the the UK.

            bobbleobble is also correct that you would also have to include The Netherlands, Denmark and New Zealand since they have territories that aren’t affected by their SSM laws.

          3. Robert in S. Kensington 5 Aug 2013, 5:53pm

            No Martin, we’re not on the same level as Mexico or the USA, far from it. England, though not a sovereign country since the union with Scotland is still a country in it’s own right as a constituent part of the the UK.

            bobbleobble is also correct that you would also have to include The Netherlands, Denmark and New Zealand since they have territories that aren’t affected by their SSM laws.

  2. Well done Uruguay…4 months from passing the Bill to the first wedding, not bad!

    Such a shame that the UK is going to take another yr before it’s first wedding and then quite a bit longer?? for the bulk of the rest of us in CPs to convert to a marriage…

  3. Jock S. Trap 5 Aug 2013, 2:32pm

    Hurrah for Uruguay!!!

    So happy to see some of the world getting better.

  4. GO URUGUAY , Legal Pot and Equal marriage all in the one week ! when can i emigrate!!!

  5. New Zealand’s same-sex marriages start on August 19

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