Chile approves equal marriage law and adds to a trend in Latin America

Chile's accelerated political transformation In recent years, a new milestone said on Tuesday by approved the equal marriage law, which allows people of the sa

Chile approves equal marriage law and adds to a trend in Latin America

Chile's accelerated political transformation In recent years, a new milestone said on Tuesday by approved the equal marriage law, which allows people of the same sex to be married. The project, which was driven in 2017 by the Social Democrat Michelle Bachelet in the last months of it as president and emphasized emphatically by 2021 by the centroderechist Sebastián Piñera, current Head of State, had extensive support in Parliament.

After approved in the Senate with 21 votes in favor, eight against and three abstentions, the law had a rapid procedure in the Chamber of Deputies, with 82 votes in favor, 20 against and two abstentions. Thus, Chile follows the path of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador and Costa Rica, among other Latin American countries that already approved egalitarian marriage laws.

"It can not be that old prejudices are stronger than love," Bachelet said in 2017 when sending the Norma to Congress. Four years later, Piñera resumed the matter: "Today I think we must deepen the value of freedom, including the freedom to love and form family with being loved." The centroderechist asked for the "immediate discussion" of the project, which was then stranded in Congress. Such a step, in a coalition of government that includes deeply conservative sectors, generated tensions in government. Most of the vows against the law came from those sectors.

"Today is a happy day for Chile, because it is already known, love is love. People are the same and as they are equal, we also have the same rights," held Jaime Belollio, secretary general of the Piñera government. "This is a way in which these families and their different expressions are protected and that it is never the sexual orientation or identification of a person a way that others occupy to discriminate, cancel or do hate speeches. We move in recognition, In respect and embrace diversity. "

Chile is immersed in a period of high political effervescence since in October 2019, a social insurrection changed the history of the country. A constituent convention is currently being able to write a new constitution, while the hard left, embodied in Gabnriel Boric, and the hard right of José Antonio Kast will be played by the presidency on 19 this month. Kast already announced that, although he personally believes that marriage is between man and woman, he will not try to back down with the law if he arrives at the Currency Palace.

Updated Date: 07 December 2021, 15:23

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