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Chile’s Senate votes in favor of same-sex civil unions bill

Thursday, January 9, 2014

SANTIAGO, Chile — A same-sex civil union bill has been overwhelmingly approved in Chile’s Senate.

On Tuesday, 28 Senators voted in favor the Life Partner Agreement (AVP) while only six opposed it and two absented, reported the Santiago Times.

ChileThe bill will now pass to a constitutional assembly before returning to a vote in the Congress in March or April.

Supporters of the bill had hoped it will be signed by outgoing President Sebastián Piñera, who is due to leave office in March.

The measure would give unmarried opposite and same-sex partners many of the rights now enjoyed only by married couples, such as inheritance and certain social welfare and health care benefits, as well as civilly register their partnership with a notary.

“We are happy for this significant progress towards bettering conditions and equality for all families, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender identification of its members,” read a statement by Chile’s Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh) organization.

“Today we have made one more step in the struggle for civil unions, which we began a decade ago. What was a dream is now becoming real.”

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The bill was introduced in 2011 by the ruling center-right National Renewal (RN), but has been stalled due to strong opposition from its coalition partner, the right-wing Independent Democratic Union (UDI) party.

Chile’s incoming President-elect Michelle Bachelet, of the Socialist Party, ran an election campaign pledging a free vote in Congress on full marriage equality.

However, Movilh is cautious about Bachelet’s promise, as spokesperson Oscar Rementería told The Santiago Times: “When Michelle Bachelet was last president [2006-2010] she promised three things regarding sexual equality, none of which her administration delivered,” he said.

“As such, we cannot have complete confidence that she is going to deliver what she promises this time around.”

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39 more reader comments:

  1. Alvaro Rojas

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:22am
  2. My Country!!! :’3

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:23am
  3. the problem is that, unless they changed the original project, that civil union is not a marriage and can be null if afterwards one of the persons decides to have an heterosexual marriage, turning the homosexual union null and void, as if it never happened…

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:25am
  4. chile? one of the most conservative countries in thw world

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:26am
  5. GREAT NEWS

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:27am
  6. welcome to the 21st century

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:27am
  7. I’m from Chile c:

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:30am
  8. It goes in front of congress for a vote Jan 20. I can’t believe how far Chile has come!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:30am
  9. YAY!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:30am
  10. Garrett Piersa

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:34am
  11. :D awesome!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:37am
  12. congrats

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:38am
  13. Awsome, let’s Chile get ahead of Brazil, by the way, Argentina, Uruguai are already ahead of Brazil, let’s the peasants in Brasilia with their owm bias.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:39am
  14. I thought Brazil had marriage equality

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:56am
  15. Civil unions aren’t marriages, while it’s a great baby step, it’s not much of a celebration when people are going to be having the SAME argument all over again when they realize they’re missing rights that married couples have that civil unions don’t grant.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:42am
  16. Im so glad that more and more countries are on favor of same sex marriage. Viva Chile!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:44am
  17. Perfect!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:47am
  18. Even though civil unions are not marriage remember that its better than nothing,and as Britain or other countries that have civil unions they can change it to marriages later on.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:56am
  19. That’s great to see progress being made all around the world, towards gaining equal rights

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:01am
  20. go CHILE willie

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:06am
  21. We are’ll happy in Chile,. Estamos todos felices en Chile!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:47am
  22. Grrrr

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:51am
  23. Allen Jeff, Brazil’s equalit is a big lie, it was never approvrd by the congress, try to read it carefulle at wikipedia, also analyse rhe French president speech about marriage equality in Brazil, it s a big lie.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:57am
  24. This is real close to Uruguay…
    Kathy J Calhoun

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:15am
  25. I’m surprise and happy for Chileans gay community

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:21am
  26. Another step forward in the right direction!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:51am
  27. who cares

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:00am
  28. Sweet! Go Chile

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:26am
  29. Great news! Jim and I were there in October and it is a lovely country. Even better now!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:08am
  30. Wow! Great news! I wonder when is this going to happen in our country?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:23am
  31. Great news from South America

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:03am
  32. good

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:47am
  33. The veggies and fruit from there taste awful as they must spray them with something yukky ??

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:50am
  34. thanks for letting people be in love for real, and im not saying that staight isnt love either.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:22pm
  35. It’s a start!!! Es un comienzo!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:36pm
  36. yees!! we are happy

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:50pm
  37. Argentina Steak und Wein

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:53pm
  38. Separate and unequal never works. Hopefully they will one day soon give their born gay/lesbian taxpayers the equal civil right of civil marriage.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:41pm
  39. Fairness 1, bigotry 0

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:35pm