Uruguay congress voting on gay marriage

AP News
Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:07 PM

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Taboo-breaking Uruguay is poised to legalize gay marriage, with lawmakers planning to vote on bill that would also let both gay and straight couples decide whose surname goes first when they name their children.

The naming proposal breaks with a tradition that has held for centuries across Latin America, where in nearly every country, laws require people to give their children two last names, and the father's comes first.

The governing Broad Front has ample majorities in both houses of Uruguay's Congress and it has long made legalizing gay marriage a priority. After the lower house votes, the project would go to the Senate. President Jose Mujica hopes to sign it into law early next year.