The Lower House of Uruguay, the Chamber of Deputies voted on 10 April 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay to legalise the same-sex marriage bill called Amended Marriage Equality Bill, thus making Uruguay the third in America to have done that after Argentina and Canada. 71 lawmakers out of 92 in the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of the Amended Marriage Equality Bill.
Now the Bill will finally become a law after the President of Uruguay, José Mujica signs it into law. Under this law, the gay couples will be allowed to marry, with equal legal rights like those of opposite sex couples.
It is worth noticing that earlier, the gay couples had some legal recognition in the form of adoption of the children. Some of the Uruguayan gay couples married in Argentina where gay marriages were legalised since 2010.
The Amended Marriage Equality Bill increased the minimum age of marriage for Uruguayans to 16 years. With the passing of this bill, Uruguay will become the 12th country of the world to approve same-sex marriage.