Chile’s congress approves same-sex marriages, adoptions

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Both houses of Chile’s Congress voted on Tuesday to approve a marriage equality bill, which also includes authorization for adoptions by same-sex couples.

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The initiative was first approved by the Senate in a 21–8 vote with three abstentions, and shortly afterwards by the Chamber of Deputies with 82 votes in favour, 20 against and two abstentions. After voting in the chamber, several deputies embraced, including some from opposing parties.

The measure now passes to President Sebastian Pinera, who endorsed the bill, and will go into effect 90 days after its publication in the Official Gazette.


Senators initially approved the marriage equality measure on 21 July and the deputy did so on 23 November, but amendments introduced by the deputy required a joint committee of both houses to resolve their differences. Can you

Among the changes agreed on Monday are Chile’s recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages performed abroad and the definition of marriage as “a solemn contract between two people” rather than as a man and a woman.

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Centre-left Sen. Yasna Provoste said that when the right to marry and create a family is recognized, “this recognition applies to all people without any gender discrimination.”

The proposal stalled in the Senate for four years, until Pinera gave it his strong endorsement last January, surprising everyone as he had long argued that marriage was between a man and a woman.

For Juan Pablo Duran and Juan Carlos Rodriguez, the approval came late as they were legally united in late November under the Common Union Agreement, which since 2015 governs the legal aspects of same-sex unions such as inheritance, But it doesn’t rule adoption

Duran said the pair now plan to formally marry once the new measure is implemented.

He said he had no plans to adopt a child, but added: “It’s not a completely closed issue. It would be an honor and a pleasure to be able to give a chance in life to those who don’t have.”


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