Chilean President Sebastián Piera has stated that he intends to push through a law legalizing same-sex marriage that has been stalled in parliament for years.
The government authorized civil partnerships in 2015, but a bill allowing same-sex marriage was submitted in 2017 but has yet to pass through parliament.
According to Reuters, Piera told MPs on Tuesday (1 June) that it is past time for the historically conservative country to legalize same-sex marriage.
“I believe we should emphasize the importance of liberty, especially the liberty to love and build a family with a loved one,” Piera stated.
“The moment has arrived to ensure that this liberty and dignity are guaranteed to all people. I believe the moment has arrived in our country for same-sex marriage.”
“All people, regardless of sexual orientation, will be allowed to live, love, and build families with the protection and dignity they require and deserve,” he continued.
Chile’s bill to legalize same-sex marriage stalled in parliament in 2017.
Michelle Bachelet, a left-leaning former Chilean president, sponsored the same-sex marriage bill in 2017 in response to a complaint brought by three same-sex couples with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) over their lack of access to marriage. The bill would have amended the country’s civil code to redefine marriage as a “union between two persons.” If passed, it would confer joint adoption and parental rights to married same-sex couples.
Bachelet introduced the law in August 2017, but it quickly stalled, putting LGBTQ couples in the lurch.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights declared in 2018 that sixteen countries, including Chile, should legalize same-sex marriage. The court urged states to “provide access to all existing forms of domestic legal systems, including the right to marriage, in order to enable the enforcement of all rights of families created by same-sex couples without regard for discrimination.”
Despite this, the predominantly Catholic country has yet to achieve marital equality.
Source: Pink News