New Brief: Chile Moves Towards Marriage Equality

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New Brief Chile Moves Towards Marriage Equality

New Brief Chile Moves Towards Marriage Equality

New Brief:  Chile Moves Towards Marriage Equality

Chile has taken its first steps towards marriage equality.

President Michelle Bachelet has announced that a public discussion on same-sex marriage would take place.  She said the aim of the consultation was to produce a “satisfactory bill on marriage equality, recognizing the same rights for everyone.”  Ms. Bachelet added that it was “not only a demand of the international justice system but a legitimate demand of Chilean society.”

New Brief Chile Moves Towards Marriage EqualityIn September of last year, the President promised she would introduce a same-sex marriage bill in the first half of 2017.  She made that announcement during a UN General Assembly panel on LGBT rights.

Recently, Chile has taken a number of steps towards becoming more LGBT-inclusive.  Following the murder of Daniel Zamudio, a man who was brutally beaten and carved with swastikas, the country introduced hate-crime laws based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  It has also supported the creation of a UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, something a number of countries tried to block.

If decided, Chile would join Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Uruguay, and parts of Mexico as the sixth Latin American country to legalize equal marriage.