South America

Chile: Lawmakers expected to introduce marriage equality bill


SANTIAGO, Chile — Lawmakers in Chile are expected to introduce a bill Wednesday aimed at extending marriage rights to same-sex couples in the South American country.

ChileThe Civil Marriage Act currently defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but the new bill would amend the law to define marriage as between two people.

The bill will be introduced in the House of Deputies.

President Michelle Bachelet, who publicly supported marriage equality during her 2013 presidential campaign, supports the bill.

In October, Senate lawmakers approved a separate bill to recognize same-sex couples with civil unions.

In South America, same-sex marriage is currently legal in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

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