Just a couple of years ago, this tiny country that's squeezed between Brazil and Argentina found itself in the same position as so many of its Latin-American neighbors. Abortion was illegal. Gay marriage was illegal. Marijuana was not tolerated.
In two quick years, all that has changed. Today, Uruguay finds itself leading a slow but steady movement that is changing the makeup of a region long considered a bastion of conservative social mores.
"The changes ... have been incredible," said Giuliana Rodriguez, 20, a psychology major at a Montevideo university. "The ability to respect others is something that makes me proud."
“The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience.
He warned against the common view in society that “you can call everything family, right?”
“What is being proposed is not marriage, it’s an association. But it’s not marriage! It’s necessary to say these things very clearly and we have to say it!” Pope Francis stressed.
He lamented that there are so many “new forms” of unions which are “totally destructive and limiting the greatness of the love of marriage.” ~ Pope Francis