Uruguay's legislature's lower house has voted in favor of same-sex marriage by a margin of 71-21. Their upper house voted 23-8 in favor last week; the measure is expected to be signed into law within the next two weeks.
In case you're counting, Uruguay becomes the 12th nation to legalize it nationwide. The others are Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa and Sweden.
Meanwhile in Lee's Summit, Missouri, Roger Gorley has been in a civil union with his partner Allen for five years, and a hospital in Kansas City issued a restraining order against him preventing him from being at Allen's bedside anymore after the hospital refused to verify that the two have joint power of attorney. The police led Roger from the hospital in handcuffs.
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