After four years of being introduced, a bill was passed by Chile’s parliament that allows LGBT couples to adopt and marry in Chile.
In 2017, Parliament took up the same-sex marriage bill. It remained there until Tuesday when both chambers of the National Congress, Chamber of Deputies, and Senate adopted it.
Chile is now the seventh Latin American nation to allow same-sex marriage. Mexico has several other states that recognize same-sex marriage.
La Moneda, the presidential palace in Chile’s capital Santiago, was illuminated in rainbow colors, which symbolize the struggle for LGBT rights.
Sebastian Pinera (Chilean President) promised to get the bill through earlier in the year. “I think the time has come for equal marriage in our country,”Pinera stated this in June. “In this way, all people without distinguishing by sexual orientation, will be able to live, love and form a family with all the protection and dignity that they need and deserve.”
Ronaldo Jimenez, the co-founder of the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement, a Chilean LGBT rights group, praised Tuesday’s vote.“It is a powerful sign of the cultural change that we have been pushing for more than 30 years in a society that was deeply conservative,” Jimenez told La Razon newspaper.
Some conservative politicians criticized the bill’s adoption. Leonidas Romaro from the National Renewal Party, was an MP who argued civil unions allowed LGBT persons to inherit property or other assets from their spouses. “Marriage for me is between a man and a woman, with the main idea of bringing a child into the world,”During a Chilean TV debate, he stated these words.