Same-Sex Marriage in Chile

    By Miracle Tapia

    On December 5, 2021, Chile became the 8th Latin American country and the 31st nation in the world to pass marriage equality legislation. Though non-heterosexual marriages were legally recognized as civil unions since 2015 and granted queer marriages most of the same rights as straight marriages it did not allow them to adopt children. The bill had not been able to be passed in Congress for four years since Chile’s last president Michelle Bachelet in 2017 first endorsed it. 

    It has been a long-awaited moment in Chile’s fight for LGTBQ+ rights. In September of 2010 couple César Peralta and Hans Arias walked into a local court and asked to be married knowing they would be denied. They then walked out where they met reporters called on by Movilh, a gay rights organization. Taken on by the organization, it quickly became one of the first legal battles that challenged the then Chilean laws. 

    Chile’s current president, Sebastian Pinera, had not wanted to pass the bill. there was a renewed sesame  of opinion now at the end of his term. The decision also coincides with the upcoming presidential elections on December 19th between a right-wing and leftists major candidate.

    Bibliography

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/07/world/americas/chile-gay-marriage.html

    https://www.npr.org/2021/12/07/1062261334/chile-same-sex-marriage

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/12/9/chile-president-pinera-signs-same-sex-marriage-bill-into-law

    By Miracle Tapia On December 5, 2021, Chile became the 8th Latin American country and the 31st nation in the world to pass marriage equality legislation. Though non-heterosexual marriages were legally recognized as civil unions since 2015 and granted queer marriages most of the same rights as straight marriages it did not allow them to…

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