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Felipe Arocena

Uruguay at the Vanguard of Latin America

by Felipe Arocena

Uruguay, a small country of three million people, surprised the world with two laws it passed in 2013: one allowing marriage between people of the same sex and the other legalizing marijuana. If we add a third law passed in 2012 decriminalizing abortion, it would not be inaccurate to say that the country is now at the vanguard of the West. According to the first article of the Uruguayan Law of Equal Marriage, “civil marriage is a permanent...

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