Update: April 11, 2013: Freedom House applauds the passage of the marriage equality legislation by Uruguay’s Congress on April 11 - a major step forward for LGBTI equality in the country - and President Jose Mujica is expected to put the law into effect within the next ten days.
Freedom House applauds the Uruguayan Senate for voting today to pass a marriage equality law and urges other countries in the region to follow its example by expanding marriage rights to all couples regardless of sexual orientation. By a 23-8 vote, the Senate approved the measure, which President Jose “Pepe” Mujica has affirmed he will sign into law. With the passage of the law, Uruguay will become the second country in Latin America and the 12th in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.