Chile approves equal marriage after years of waiting | Society


The Chilean Parliament approved on Tuesday equal marriage, one of the historic demands of the groups in the fight for sexual diversity, which have fought a long legislative battle to reach this historic day. The bill, which is ready to become law, grants same-sex couples the same duties and rights that heterosexual marriages have under Chilean law. In its last legislative proceedings, the initiative was approved in the Senate and, in its last revision, supported by 82 deputies, with 20 against and two abstentions. “I’m so excited. It is an arduous fight for many years, ”Judge Karen Atala, director of Fundación Iguales, who works for the rights of sexual diversity, confesses to EL PAÍS. “We have achieved the conquest of our rights to be first class citizens, worthy and decent. We started with the anti-discrimination law, then the civil union agreements, then the trans identity law and now equal marriage, “he assures on the phone within minutes of the final decision of Congress.

The bill was approved amid applause and scenes of emotion from the members of the organizations that since 2017 have waited for this moment since the bill was presented by the Government of Michelle Bachelet. It was the current president, Sebastian Piñera – who in his first government promulgated the civil union agreements – who urged the discussion of the equal marriage project in his last public account in June, which surprised public opinion and generated division in the right-wing ruling party. It is an initiative that has broad popular support, 63%, according to a poll by the Ipsos pollster last June. At the Latin American level, only Argentina exceeds these approval rates, a country that has equal marriage and where 73% support the norm, according to the same opinion study.

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“With the approval of equal marriage, Chile has taken a historic and decisive step towards the advancement and consolidation of the human rights of same-sex couples and homoparental families, all of which, without distinction, have been discriminated against and violated since the origins of our country, ”said in a statement the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH), one of the historic organizations that has worked in Chile since the beginning of the nineties in favor of civic rights and anti-discrimination of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer. “The state definition of marriage that exists until today in Chile collapsed. The homophobia, heteronormativity and inequality that characterizes it, to the detriment of LGBTIA + people, has come to an end. The change is revolutionary ”, assured the organization, which has called for a great citizen party this afternoon in the epicenter of Santiago de Chile, Plaza Italia.

Chile will become the ninth country in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage, after Canada, the United States, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. In Mexico it is legal in 14 of the 32 states of the country.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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