Uruguay is going ahead with a vote on marriage equality in the Chamber of Deputies next Tuesday, December 11, according to the Argentina Independent. The Senate would then hold a vote in 2013, sometime after the summer recess.
The country nestled between Argentina and Brazil has earned a reputation as a liberal enclave. Uruguay previously approved a civil union law in 2007.
Other countries currently considering same sex marriage legislation include the UK, Scotland, France, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and some states in Australia.
Uruguay would be the 12th country to allow gay couples to marry nationwide, and the second in South America, joining Argentina. The United States, Mexico, and Brazil offer same sex marriage in varying locations.