Chile will finally begin the important steps of debating marriage equality on Monday, November 27th. Chile’s civil union law came into effect in 2015.
President Michelle Bachelet introduced the bill on 28 August, intending to modify the language to open up marriage to same-sex couples.
The Senate Constitution Committee has requested several organizations, from LGBT groups to religious leaders, to come forward and make their case for against the change in the law.
The law is hoping to define marriage as ‘a solemn contract by which two people, of the same or different sex, unite themselves, and for life, in order to live together, to procreate and to help each other’. It still remains unclear whether the bill will also extend adoption rights.
President Bachelet also supports a bill that would allow trans Chileans to legally change their name and sex without surgery, hormonal treatments and psychiatric or psychological evaluations.
Bachelet also backs efforts to strengthen hate crime and anti-discrimination law against the LGBT community.
It's time Chile!