On 03 May 2013, President Jose Mujica and Ricardo Ehrlich, the nation's minister of education and culture, promulgated the Marriage Equality Law with their signatures. The law was to take effect on 01 August [R1.10] but actually took effect on 05 August [R1.9]..
On 10 April 2013, the Lower House voted 71-21 to pass a same-sex marriage bill. The country's president, José Mujica, has already indicated that he will sign it into law. The measure to raise the minimum age for marriage to 16 for everyone, instead of the present age 12 for girls and 14 for boys [R1.8].
On 02 April 2013, the Senate (Camara de Senadores) voted 23–8 for the 'Marriage Equality' bill stating that 'marriage is the permanent union between two persons of the same or opposite sex'. The lower house is expected to vote and pass the modified bill within two weeks following which the government has up to 90 days to implement it, after which President José Mujica has to sign it officially into law [R1.7].
On 12 December 2012, the lower house Chamber of Deputies voted 81–6 approving the single Marriage Equality Law for both heterosexuals and homosexuals regulating all kinds of family issues, from divorce to adoption to in-vitro fertilization and how parents can name their children. The proposal now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass and be signed into law in (April) 2013 [R1.6].
On 14 November 2012, the Congress was reported to be considering a gay marriage equality law that would give same-sex couples all the same rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples [R1.5].
On 14 June 2012, Paul Maqueira of the Ministry of Education and Culture reportedly announced the initial draft of a measure that which would legalize gay marriage and lawmakers are expected to debate the bill before the end of the year [R1.4].
On 06 September 2011, a bill that would legalize gay marriage was expected to be formally introduced, and debated in the House of Representatives this year with the legislation reaching the Senate in early 2012 [R1.3].
On 09 April 2011, a bill that would legalize marriage between two members of the same sex was reportedly expected to be introduced in Uruguay the following week [R1.2].
In July 2010, it was reported that gay marriage was being considered [R1.1]