Chile welcomed its first-ever same-sex newlyweds as the country’s equal marriage law finally came into effect.
Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar, a couple for seven years, exchanged vows before sharing a kiss in the Civil Registry of Providencia of Santiago, Chile’s capital city, in a historic moment for the overwhelmingly Catholic country.
The pair have long dreamed of getting hitched not only to celebrate their love but to give them full legal status as parents, they have two children, given that the South American nation’s conservative laws have long stymied them.
"Being the first couple to get married in Chile for us is an honor, something to be proud of," Silva told reporters after the civil ceremony. "We did it! It's something we didn't think could happen."
"Now our children have the same rights (as other families) and they will be able to have, we hope, a better future, that they will not be discriminated against for having two parents who love each other," Silva added.
Chile's Congress approved in December 2021 a long-awaited bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure had the support of President Sebastian Pinera, and it also enable married same-sex couples to adopt children.
Congrats to the newlyweds!!!