Ecuador's draft constitution, which promises "socialism for the 21st century" and expands the powers of the country's leftist president, has been approved by a majority of the National Assembly.
The constitution, the Andean nation's 20th, now goes to a national referendum Sept. 28.
Ninety-four of the 130 Assembly members backed the document sought by President Rafael Correa, the BBC reported.
Its 444 articles include a provision that same-sex unions be afforded the same rights as heterosexual marriages.
UPDATE: The new constitution was approved by voters.