Chilean Congress approves same-sex marriage and adoption

The House of Commons of Chile’s Congress approved a measure to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, bringing it closer to final adoption

Santiago, Chile – On Tuesday, the House of Commons of Chile’s Congress approved a measure to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, bringing it closer to final adoption. It has passed the Senate.

The 101-30 approved bill now only awaits final changes related to the rights of same-sex couples. President Sebastian Piñera said that he will publish it as law.

Conservative lawmakers in this South American country fought the bill at the last minute. “The role of marriage is not to regulate relationships, but to protect species as a basic principle,” said Congressman Diego Charper.

But on the other hand, the legislator Pepe Auth stated, “Marriage is a civil contract. … This is a question of freedom, not a question of religion.”

When legislators debated in the chamber of the port city of Valparaiso, supporters of the measure gathered in the capital Santiago and launched a huge rainbow flag of the LGBTQ movement.

Chile accepted the same-sex civil union in 2015, but the measure does not include an adoption clause. To solve this problem, some same-sex couples cancelled their civil unions and adopted children as single parents.

The marriage proposal was put on hold in the Senate for about four years, until the conservative president announced that he would push for this measure to surprise many people. He said: “I think the time has come for marriage equality in our country.”

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