Gloodtdofsky acknowledged that non-gays may not have realized yet why these changes are necessary, ‘‘but the reality is that gays have been living as couples for years, generating rights. These rights must be recognized and attention must be paid to this new version of marriage.’’
Uruguay has had a civil unions law that covers gay couples, and Bishop Jaime Fuentes of the Roman Catholic Church’s Episcopal Conference of Uruguay said ‘‘It seems logical that two people of the same sex who care for each other and want to share their lives can have some kind of civil recognition, but it can’t be the same as what governs marriage.’’
But Federico Grana of the Black Sheep Collective, a gay rights group that presented a first draft of the bill, said ‘‘society is much broader than just heterosexuals, so the law should reflect this, with everyone included, and no discrimination.’’
Associated Press Writer Michael Warren in Buenos Aires contributed to this report.