Chilean Congress votes to legalize same-sex marriage – .

Chilean Congress votes to legalize same-sex marriage – .

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The Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Congress, passed the bill with 82 votes in favor, 20 against and 2 abstentions. The bill had already been approved by the Chilean Senate.

The motion was first presented in 2017 by Socialist President Michelle Bachelet, but was blocked in Congress until current President Sebastian Piñera expressed support.

Piñera, a right-wing conservative politician, said earlier this year that he supports marriage equality. He should now sign the bill.
“I think the time has come for equal marriage in our country,” Piñera said in June, “In this way, all people regardless of sexual orientation will be able to experience love and form a family with all the protection. and the dignity that they need and deserve. “

Pinera’s tenure as president is drawing to a close, with a run-off between candidates José Antonio Kast and Gabriel Boric scheduled for the end of the month.

Chile has legally recognized same-sex civil unions since 2015. Legalizing same-sex marriage would provide equal rights to same-sex couples, such as the right to adopt children.

Across Latin America, same-sex marriages are permitted in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Uruguay, and parts of Mexico.

Previous reporting by Michelle Velez of CNN in Atlanta and Stefano Pozzebon in Bogota.

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