Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:20

A Bill Allowing Marriage Equality Was Introduced To The Parliament Of Venezuela

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Today, over forty nongovernmental service organizations defending the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people handed a bill for marriage equality before the Parliament of Venezuela with the support of more than 20,000 signatures.

"Not only we are here to present a project, the first time with an idea, the collective decision of the opposition (...) people who do not belong to an awning politics (party) gathered under one idea," said Hanays Montaner, president of the human Dawn Foundation.

Today, dozens of activists of different political gathered to support the cause outside the headquarters of the National Assembly (Parliament), which concluded with the delivery of the bill to a committee composed of representatives of the government and the parliamentary opposition.

The bill's sponsor, the president of Venezuela Equal Civil Association, Giovanni Piermattei said activists who support the initiative are optimistic about the approval. He hopes it will be included in the legislation under the government plan.

Piermattei said that the state should act for the happinness of its people, to legislate equality and gender equity and respect for diversity.

In addition, the political coordinator of the pro inclusion of the opposition Popular Will (VP), Edgar Baptista, said the project was delivered with the support of more than 20,000 signatures that were collected during the month by 44 NGOs supporting the initiative of Venezuela Igualitaria.

The representative of the vice president said, according to the last census which was conducted in the country in 2011, that "more than 6,000 people dared to say that they live with a same-sex partner."

"Perhaps the only thing that unites Venezuelans without distinction of political trends is this project of marriage equality," he said.

We hope that the Caribbean nation will join other Latin American countries that have already approved marriage between persons of the same sex as Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and some states of Mexico.

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