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Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:22

Marriage Equality Could Be An Important Issue In Chile's Presidential Elections

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The Chile's presidential elections will take place this year and the law on marriage equality could be part of subjects which will carry weight in the voters' decision.


Chile does not allow marriage for same-sex couples yet, certainly, but it does not allow civil unions as well. In 2011, a study shows that more than the majority of Chileans, that is to say 52%, agrees to grant same-sex couples the same legal rights as straight couples.


Who are the main candidates and what do they think of same-sex marriage?


First of all, there is the conservative candidate Pablo Longueira. Just knowing he is conservative, we understand that he is opposed to any LGBT law. He is also opposed to abortion.

In 2011, according to Policymic, Longueira and Minister of the Interior Andrés Chadwick even introduced a constitutional amendment they hoped to add to a civil union bill that would make marriage an exclusive relationship between members of the opposite sex. The bill's amendment was approved by the Chilean Senate's Constitution last April.


Michelle Bachelet, on the other hand, already announced she would legalize marriage equality if she is elected. Bachelet is the candidate of the Socialist Party. She was already president from 2006 to 2010. I cannot know if she would be a good president but, apparently, she ended her presidency in 2010 with an approval rating of 84%.


Finally, current President Sebastian Pinera introduced a bill in 2011 that aimed to legalize the cohabitation of same-sex couples and grant them the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including shared health care benefits and child custody, as reports the newspaper.

However, he passed an amendment preventing any recognition of same-sex marriage in the Chilean states.

The elections will take place on November 17th.


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