Actor Keanu Reeves has endorsed gay marriage in Uruguay.

Last year, Uruguay became only the second South American nation after Argentina to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. More recently, lawmakers legalized marijuana.

“Yes it sounds very progressive,” Reeves said of the laws. “Such things should be happening in other counties.”

The 49-year-old Reeves is in Montevideo – the nation's largest city, chief port and capital – to attend the wedding of colleague and friend Carl Rinsch.

Rinsch directed Reeves in the fantasy action film 47 Ronin, which opened on Christmas Day.

On Thursday, Rinsch married Gabriela Roses, a model from Uruguay. The couple met during a publicity shoot in Mexico. Rinsch will also film an ad campaign for the clothing store Opera while in Uruguay.

Reeves told Channel 12 that it was “very exciting” to be in Montevideo and that it was his first time visiting Uruguay.