Chile’s Pinera to push same-sex marriage bill long stuck in Congress

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06/01/2021

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said on Tuesday he would seek to expedite a same-sex marriage bill that has languished in the historically conservative South American nation for years. Chile’s LGBT community has long pushed for the legislation, but the country’s ruling conservative coalition has until now been slow to advance the bill in Congress. “I think the time for equal marriage has come in our country,” Pinera said during his annual address to lawmakers. “All people, regardless of their sexual orientation, will be able to live, love, and form a family with all the protection and dignity they need and deserve.” The bill, if passed, would cement an increasingly progressive tack in Chile, an Andean nation until recently dominated by a conservative, Catholic culture.

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