Chilean Senate approved on Tuesday an equal marriage bill so it can pass to the chamber of deputies and advance the process. The bill is a landmark project in the predominantly Catholic conservative Chile.

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According to the National Congress, the “Chamber of the Senate approved in particular by 28 votes in favor, 14 against and 0 abstentions the norms that regulate the project of equal marriage.”

TRIUNFA LA JUSTICIA Y LA IGUALDAD: el Senado, tras cuatro años de trámite, aprueba y despacha por fin el #MatrimonioIgualitario. Se acerca el fin de la discriminación a las parejas del mismo sexo y a las familias homoparentales. Un mejor camino para las nuevas generaciones ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dbX5z05OPo

— Movilh Chile (@Movilh) July 21, 2021

“JUSTICE AND EQUALITY TRIUMPHS: the Senate, after four years of proceedings, finally approves and dispatches #MarrimonioIgualitario. The end of discrimination against same-sex couples and same-parent families is near.  A better path for the new generations.”

Moreover, the lawmakers supported paternity rights, including adoption in same-sex couples. Since 2015 Chile has implemented a Civil Union agreement that granted several rights to same-sex couples but the right to adoption.

The equal marriage bill was first submitted during the second term of former president Michelle Bachelet (2014-2018), but it had not been prioritized.

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