SANTIAGO, CHILE – (12-08-21) – Chile makes history in the historically Catholic Country by approving a landmark law allowing same-sex marriage and gay adoptions on Tuesday. The legislation, overwhelmingly approved by parliament enables gay couples to adopt children for the first time.

President Sebastián Piñera supported the bill from its conception and signed the bill into law on Tuesday despite opposition from his conservative coalition.

Chile’s LGBT community has been on a mission since 2017 to get this law passed and now they have succeeded.

While it is important to note that the Latin American country approved civil unions between same-sex couples in 2015, allowing them to register for a Civil Union Agreement (AUC) that gave them limited legal benefits.

The bill was passed in the lower house of parliament – shortly after its passage in the Senate – by 82 votes to 20. There were two abstentions.

In fact during his annual State of the Union address in June this year, President Piñera stunned several of his conservative allies when he said in his address that Chile must “guarantee this freedom and dignity to all people”.

“I think we should deepen the value of freedom, including the freedom to love and to form a family with a loved one. Also the value of the dignity of all relationships of love and affection between two people,” the right-wing leader added.

Chile joins a handful of Latin American countries to recognize same-sex marriage as the law of the land. Others include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and 18 states in Mexico and Mexico City.

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Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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