Chilean president proposes same-sex marriage legislation

The bill will define marriage as a “union between two people”, rather than a union between a man and a woman.

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Michelle Bachelet, the centre-left Chilean President, has given a legislation to congress to legalise gay marriage in the Latin American country.

Known to be one of the most conservative Latin American nations, Chile is predicted to see a series of social reforms should this bill be passed. The legislation would also allow gay couples to adopt children.

Bachelet, announcing the move in the La Moneda presidential palace, said: “We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical nor fair to put artificial limits on love, nor to deny essential rights just because of the sex of those who make up a couple.”

The president also wrote a post on social which says, “There are no conditions to love. To keep moving towards an inclusive Chile, today I signed the Equal Marriage bill.”

In South America, same-sex marriage is already legal in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Uruguay, even with the dominant presence of the Catholic Church across the region.

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