Chile set to legalize same-sex marriage

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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,

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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,

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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.”

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