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Tue Aug 29, 2017, 12:06 PM

'Essential rights': Chile's President Bachelet introduces gay marriage bill

Source: The Guardian and agencies

'Essential rights': Chile's President Bachelet introduces gay marriage bill

Signed a week after the country’s landmark easing of its abortion ban, the bill is expected to allow same-sex couples to adopt children

Agencies
Tuesday 29 August 2017 16.21 BST

The Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, has introduced a bill to legalise gay marriage, a move that follows a string of liberal reforms in one of Latin America’s most conservative nations.

In 2015, Chile’s congress approved same-sex civil unions after years of legislative wrangling. In March, Bachelet, a centre-left politician, pledged to send a full marriage bill to legislators before the end of the year. On Monday, she fulfilled her promise.

“We can’t let old prejudices be stronger than love,” Bachelet said in Chile’s La Moneda presidential palace.

“We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical or fair to put artificial limits on love, or to deny essential rights just because of the sex of those who make up a couple.”

The bill is expected to allow same-sex couples to adopt children.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/aug/29/chile-president-michelle-bachelet-introduces-gay-marriage-bill

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