Chile Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Chile approved a bill on Dec. 7 to legalize same-sex marriage in the historically Catholic country.

Chile’s Chamber of Duties approved the measure with 82 votes to 20 and two abstentions shortly after the Senate passed it.

LGBTQIA+ rights group Movilh described the vote as “a historic and decisive step” for the rights of same-sex couples and parents “who have been discriminated against and violated since the origins of our country.”

President Sebastian Pinera, who supports the measure, must now sign it into law.

The legislation will also allow married same-sex couples to adopt children.

Chile now joins a handful of Latin American countries to allow same-sex marriage, including Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia.

The passage of the bill is seen as a blow to the agenda of far-right presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast who campaigned against it.

Former student protest leader Gabriel Boric, who is also running for president, supported the measure and was one of the lawmakers who voted for it.

Chile legalized same-sex civil unions in 2015 and had been waiting for the passage of the marriage bill since former President Michelle Bachelet sent it to Congress in 2017 where it had been stalled.

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