A bill which would legalize gay marriage in Uruguay is set to have its first vote on Tuesday.

Lawmakers in the House will vote on the legislation nearly a week after the House Committee on the Constitution approved the measure, Spanish news agency EFE reported. Senators are expected to take up the measure next year, after their summer recess.

“The institution of marriage will mean the union of two parties, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, on the same terms, with the same effects and means of dissolution as presented in the Civil Code,” states the first article of the measure presented by the ruling Frente Amplio (FA) Party.

Last year, a court in Uruguay for the first time recognized the legal marriage of a gay couple. Judge Eduardo Martinez recognized on appeal the legality of a marriage entered into in Spain, where Socialists legalized marriage equality in 2005. The binational couple lives in both Uruguay and Spain.

Currently, Uruguay recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions. After a couple has lived in a “stable relationship” for 5 years they may petition the government for recognition.

If approved, Uruguay would become only the second South American country after Argentina to legalize marriage equality.

(Related: Mexican state Oaxaca to legalize gay marriage.)