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Politics Chile legalizes same-sex marriage as major election draws near

03:56  08 december  2021
03:56  08 december  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Celebrating same - sex marriage twenty years on. Former President Michelle Bachelet first introduced the measure in 2017. Civil unions have been allowed in Chile since 2015. President Sebastian Pinera supports the bill and is expected to sign it into law before leaves office in March. It also means same - sex couples with children will see both parents receive full legal recognition. With the passage of the bill, Chile joins over 20 countries worldwide, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Uruguay in Latin America, in legalizing same - sex marriage .

But the bill to legalise same - sex marriage has languished in Congress for four years after it was presented by former left-leaning President Michelle Bachelet. On Tuesday, the bill was passed in the lower house of parliament - shortly after its passage in the Senate - by 82 votes to 20. Mr Romero had described the law change as "a tremendous betrayal for the Christian world". Chile joins a handful of Latin American countries to recognise marriage between same - sex couples. Others include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and 18 states in Mexico and Mexico City.

Chile's government passed a law Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage, a landmark decision in the historically-conservative and Catholic Latin American nation, according to multiple reports.

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The South American country is headed for a major election in December and had been debating the legality of same-sex marriage for months, reports Reuters.

After Chile's Congress passed the milestone law, Minister of Social Development Karla Rubilar said, "Today is a historic day, our country has approved same-sex marriage, one more step forward in terms of justice, in terms of equality, recognizing that love is love."

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Chile 's Congress passed a law to legalize same - sex marriage on Tuesday, in a milestone for the conservative South American nation after a decade-long legal battle and with the country delicately poised ahead of a crossroads election this month. 'Today is a historic day, our country has approved The union between people of the same - sex is also legal in 24 Mexican states while eight other states require an injunction for the marriage to become valid. 'It is hard to believe that today we are taking this step,' said Rolando Jimenez from LGBT rights group Movilh, one of the major backers of the bill and

Chile legalized same - sex civil unions in 2015 and has been awaiting the passing of the marriage bill since then-president Michelle Bachelet sent it to congress in 2017. In a surprise move, her conservative successor, Pinera, announced in June he would seek the urgent passage of the bill -- supported by a majority of Chileans -- through congress. Kast, who also opposes elective abortion, has since softened his vocal opposition to same - sex marriage , as he tries to attract voters from the center. Last week, Chile 's congress shelved a bill to decriminalize abortion, pending an edit of the text, effectively

Congress in both chambers overwhelmingly supported the measure by a wide majority, as Chile now joins 31 other countries in the legalization of same-sex marriage, according to The New York Times.

The law will officially be passed and enacted before Chile's hotly-contested presidential election on Dec. 19 between Gabriel Boric and José Antonio Kast, who are odds with one another over the legalization of gay marriage, among a litany of other issues, reports the Times.

Boric is a leftist and Kast was previously a far-right congressman, stacking the two up for a head-to-head election of starkly different political positions.

Kast said of the recent vote, "We respect democracy, but that doesn't mean we change our convictions. For us, marriage is between a man and a woman."

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The same sex marriage issue has however divided the right wing party and been treated as a wedge issue. Legal rights and financial benefits of being legally married . It's not necessarily about changing the religious institution but about letting gay couples become legally recognized and have tax deductions, etc. Also it's symbolic because it means our relationships are respected the same as anyone else's.

In order to legalize same sex couples we could have “simply" modified this article in our Constitution (see below) so that it said that marriage is the union of two people. Sounds easy-peasy, but it is not. In order to modify the Constitution we need a special constitutional law which has a long and complex A country many might not expect here, but at roughly 60% approval of same sex marriage and rising, and a recent civil unions bill granting the same rights as marriage except for IVF and Adoption (Opposition to gay couples parenting by the government being the main reason for not allowing

Boric wrote on a tweet on Tuesday in Spanish: "It is law on #MatrimonioIgualitario . Despite the resistance of those who do not believe in freedom, it is reaffirmed that love is love. On this historic day I tell the diversities and dissidents that in our government they will be safe and will have full recognition of their rights."

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