Chile's president promotes same-sex marriage bill as 'ethical,' 'fair'

By Andrew V. Pestano Follow @AVPLive9 Contact the Author   |  Aug. 29, 2017 at 11:40 AM
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Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, which would allow gay couples to adopt children.

Bachelet's bill -- the Equal Marriage Law -- would also change Article 102 of Chile's Civil Code to define marriage as a "union between two people" rather than the union between man and woman.

"We do this with the conviction that equality does not accept nuances or prejudices. We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical or fair to put artificial limits to love or deny essential rights," Bachelet said during a ceremony in Santiago alongside Cabinet members.

Bachelet has pushed her agenda in recent weeks as her term ends in March 2018 following elections in November.

On Aug. 21, a Chilean court lifted the country's complete ban on abortion, marking the first time legal abortions would allowed since 1989.

Chile's Congress will debate the proposed legislation next week. Bachelet described the restriction of gay couples' rights as "anachronistic" and "inexcusable"

"The history of Chile is a long journey of a path of progress, recognition and well-being for all our inhabitants. A history that has advanced with the impetus of successive triumphs of rights over arbitrariness, recognition over marginalization, equity over discrimination, freedom over prohibitions, love over prejudice," Bachelet said.

During her first term as president, from 2006 until 2010, Bachelet pushed to promote pay equality and emergency contraception.

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