Uruguay’s legislature voted to allow same-sex marriages nationwide, making it only the second Latin American country to do so.
The vote, with 71 of the 92 members of the lower house backing the measure, was welcomed with cries of “freedom, freedom” and “equality” from members of the public who burst into applause.
The senate last week approved a bill legalizing marriage between “two people of different or the same sex.”
“Tomorrow, we will have a more just, more equal society with more rights for everyone,” said Sebastian Sabini, a lawmaker from the Frente Amplio ruling coalition.
Uruguay’s move came after Argentina approved gay marriage in 2010. Same-sex marriage has been permitted in Mexico City since 2009.