Congrats, Uruguay!

The South American nation’s legislature has approved adoption for same-sex couples:

Lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend adoption rights to gay couples in Uruguay…

Members of Congress said the law made Uruguay the first Latin American country to permit gay couples to adopt. The measure, which will now go to President Tabaré Vázquez for his signature, will also for the first time allow unmarried couples to adopt.

“This law is a significant step toward recognizing the rights of homosexual couples,” Diego Sempol, a member of the gay rights group, Black Sheep, told Reuters Television earlier this week.

Gay people are allowed to adopt under Uruguayan law, but only as individuals rather than jointly as a couple.

An Francisco Gallinal, dissenting senator from the center-right National Party made this head-scratcher of a statement:

“For us, allowing children to be adopted by same-sex couples is conditioning the child’s free will.”

Okay…I don’t even know what that could mean. So I’ll just restrict myself to a critique of the metaphysics: If the will is “free” in the Catholic-libertarian sense Gallinal is probably referring to, wouldn’t it be impossible to condition in any meaningful sense?

Compatibilism, man. It just makes sense.

Over the last two years, Uruguay has lifted the ban on gays in the military, and enfranchised civil unions. Full marriage rights are illegal.


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