Equal marriage surpasses the Chilean Senate and passes to the Chamber

Chile takes a very big step on the path of equal marriage, but the road will be long. Photo Archive

The Senate of Chile approved this Wednesday the bill of equal marriage, to allow same-sex couples to have the same rights as heterosexuals, and now it goes to the Chamber of Deputies for its second legislative process.

The parliamentarians approved the initiative - with 28 votes in favor, 14 against and no abstention - and managed to advance in the first legislative process since the project entered Parliament in 2017.

The regulations were presented during the second government of Michelle Bachelet (2014-2018) and last June 1, during his annual public account, President Sebastián Piñera surprisingly announced that he was going to request their urgent processing in Congress, to unlock the project that he slept there for years due to opposition from pro-government parliamentarians.

"We want to advance to a country that plays with other values, that advances in justice and in eradicating all forms of discrimination," said the president of the Upper House, the senator of the Christian Democracy, Yasna Provoste, who voted in favor of the project. .

The vote was delayed for two days after debates between legislators in favor of the project, which seeks to equalize rights in Chile, and conservatives who argued that the institution of marriage could not be applied to same-sex couples.

“Marriage in its essence is the union between a man and a woman with the possibility of procreating, while same-sex relationships have a different category, because they do not have that option of procreating”, highlighted the senator of the official National Renovation Manuel José Ossandón, who voted against.

The bill stipulates that the marriage law, currently focused only on different-sex couples, be extended to same-sex couples and that they enjoy the same rights as heterosexuals, including adoption and parental affiliation of children.

Since 2015, a Civil Union Agreement has been in force in Chile, which homologated most of the rights of marriage, except for the possibility of adoption, for same-sex couples.

AFP

 

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