Chile’s Congress passed an overwhelming majority bill on Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. new York Times,
why it matters: It’s a big, hard win for LGBTQ+ rights activists that highlights how much politics and society have changed over the past 10 years in a majority-Catholic Latin American country with a reputation for being conservative, the NYT notes.
- Chile passed a law Enabling civil unions in 2015, but same-sex couples were still denied rights given to married people, such as adopting children.
What are they saying: “Today is a historic day, our country has approved same-sex marriage, one more step forward in terms of justice, in terms of equality, love is love,” Social Development Minister Carla Rubiler said after the vote. Reuters report,
What will happen next: Chile’s conservative President Sebastian Pinera, who is set to step down in March, is set to sign a bill after abandoning his previous opposition to same-sex marriage, announce in june: “The time has come for gay marriage.”