Agence France-PresseAugust 5, 2013 20:34
Uruguay saw its first gay marriage Monday in a rush event for a man on his death bed, as registration for same-sex nuptials began across the country.
The ceremony was held at a Montevideo hospital, after the couple side-stepped red tape that requires an approximate 10-day wait, due to an imminent risk of death.
"It was very emotional" Luisa Salaberry, the official who conducted the ceremony, told El Observador newspaper, adding that it was an intimate event attended by witnesses and relatives. The patient was very lucid, she said.