Uruguay OKs gay adoption

Uruguay’s Chamber of Deputies voted 40-13 on Aug. 27 to let gay couples adopt children. Forty-six other lawmakers were not present for the vote.

The measure received unanimous support from the ruling Broad Front party and one vote from the conservative National Party.

The bill now is before the Chamber of Senators, where it is expected to pass. President Tabaré Vázquez supports it.

The Roman Catholic Church has fought against the measure, suggesting it violates natural law and human rights.

“This is mot a matter of religion, of philosophy or of sociology,”
Montevideo Archbishop Nicolás Cotugno said in a statement. “To accept the adoption of children by homosexual couples is to go against human nature itself, and consequently is to go against the fundamental rights of the human being as a person.”

By Rex Wockner


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