Uruguay Recognizes First Foreign Same-Sex Marriage

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay—Uruguay has officially recognized a same-sex marriage conducted overseas as official in this country, reports La Opinión. An Uruguayan and a Spaniard who were married in 2010 in Spain, where same-sex marriage is legal, have requested recognition in Uruguay since February 2011. The couple was represented by Uruguay’s first transgender lawyer, Michele Suarez, who noted that the country has never recognized any same-sex marriages before.

The couple’s request was initially deemed “inadmissible,” but was eventually accepted in an appeals court, and finally approved on Monday.

In 2009, Uruguay became the first Latin American country to allow same-sex couples to adopt children. That year, Uruguay also passed legislation to allow LGBT personnel in the military and to give citizens the right to legally change their gender. Same-sex marriage, however, remains illegal in the country. A bill to legalize same-sex marriage has been officially stopped in Parliament since it was introduced in May 2011.