Chilean President Michelle Bachelet sent a bill to the country’s congress Monday advocating for the legalization of gay marriage.
The move to allow same-sex couples to marry comes after a number of increasingly liberal policies that have managed to gain support through initiatives spearheaded by left-leaning Bachelet, according to Reuters. Chile passed a 2015 law allowing same-sex civil unions, but the country does not legally recognize the marriages.
Bachelet assured her constituents earlier this yar that she would introduce a marriage bill, and now she has followed through on that promise. “We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical nor fair to put artificial limits on love, nor to deny essential rights just because of the sex of those who make up a couple,” Bachelet said in Chile’s presidential palace, according to NBC News.
Bachelet’s proposal follows a vote by the Chilean Congress at the beginning of August to allow abortions in a limited range of cases — including rape, incest, and risk to the life of the mother — which came after a 30-year ban on all abortions. (RELATED: Chile Lifts Longtime Ban On Abortion) The president’s bill to expand rights for Chilean homosexuals also follows a trend of legalizing gay marriage in other Latin American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Mexico.
Given that Bachelet will exit office in March 2018, the marriage bill may not have time to make it through congress before her departure.
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