In a historic move for a Chile, police officer Hugo Alcalde entered into a civil union with his partner, Jose Luis Valdes. Alcalde is the first police officer to ever take advantage of the new law, which passed last year in Chile.
While celebrating his new civil union in the capital city of Santiago, Alcalde told: "To let everyone know that you’re gay isn’t easy, but if you have the support of friends, family, and the people that you know, there’s no problem". And he added: "It’s a weight off your shoulders".
Although this union is a huge step forward for LGBT rights in Chile, remember that Chile's Congress discussed the bill for more than a decade before President Michelle Bachelet signed it, and the civil union doesn’t end the demand of same-sex marriage.
Congrats to the couple.