Eighty-one of the 99 members of Uruguay’s lower house voted in favor of same-sex marriage Tuesday night. It now heads to the Senate, where LGBT activists expect it will pass early next year.
The press coverage of the debate shows the long shadow still cast by Argentina’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010. The emotional highlight of the seven-hour session seems to have been the reading of a letter from the son of a gay father in Argentina, which was written during the run-up to the Argentine vote. Daniel Lezana wrote in 2010:
[My father], when he marries, he is going to do it with another gay, who feels the same as he does…. He’s not going to marry the heteros—what are they afraid of? That the gays are a plague that are going to infect us? If my father marries, both [my fathers] will be able to sign letters from school, either can come to my school meetings. I want to have the same rights as my classmates, and if (my dads) separate, [I want] to have the same rights that the children of [straight] separated parents have. Their children have [these rights] and I don’t—why?