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Chile legalizes same-sex marriage as major election draws near

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Chile’s government passed a law Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage, a landmark decision in the historically-conservative and Catholic Latin American nation, according to multiple reports.

The South American country is headed for a major election in December and had been debating the legality of same-sex marriage for months, reports Reuters. 

After Chile’s Congress passed the milestone law, Minister of Social Development Karla Rubilar said, “Today is a historic day, our country has approved same-sex marriage, one more step forward in terms of justice, in terms of equality, recognizing that love is love.” 

Congress in both chambers overwhelmingly supported the measure by a wide majority, as Chile now joins 31 other countries in the legalization of same-sex marriage, according to The New York Times.

The law will officially be passed and enacted before Chile’s hotly-contested presidential election on Dec. 19 between Gabriel Boric and José Antonio Kast, who are odds with one another over the legalization of gay marriage, among a litany of other issues, reports the Times.

Boric is a leftist and Kast was previously a far-right congressman, stacking the two up for a head-to-head election of starkly different political positions. 

Kast said of the recent vote, “We respect democracy, but that doesn’t mean we change our convictions. For us, marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Boric wrote on a tweet on Tuesday in Spanish: “It is law on #MatrimonioIgualitario . Despite the resistance of those who do not believe in freedom, it is reaffirmed that love is love. On this historic day I tell the diversities and dissidents that in our government they will be safe and will have full recognition of their rights.” 

 

 

 

Tags Catholicism Chile Chile Gabriel Boric José Antonio Kast Legal status of same-sex marriage Same-sex marriage Santiago

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