President of Chile Sends Gay Marriage Bill to Congress to Legalise and Allow Gay Couples Adopt Kids.

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The President of Chile Michelle Bachelet has sent her legislators to congress seeking to legalise same sex marriage in a bill which was submitted today allows gay couples adopt children and would make marriage as a”union between two people” rather than a man and a woman, according to report.

According to Bachelet at the presidential palace in La Moneda, “we do this with certainty that it is not ethical nor fair to put artificial limits to love, nor deny essential rights just because of the six of those who make up a couple”

In her social media post confirming she had signed the Equal Marriage bill, she wrote: There are no conditions to love. to keep moving towards an inclusive Chile.

The President, a center-left politician pledged to send a full marriage bill to the legislators before the year runs out.

Tho it was very clear that she could be able to push the gay marriage bill across the congress before tenor in office was going to be up in march 2018.

Even as her coalition Nueva Mayoria has the the majority in congress,which is severely fractured ahead of the upcoming elections in November with several members of the coalition with socially conservative views.

With former president Sebastian Pinera, who hopes to run as a candidate for the conservative opposition coalition Vamos Chile in the November 19 vote, earlier told broadcaster Radio Concierto that marriage is never to be confused with same-sex partnership.

However Pinera stated that he believed and in favour of equal rights for gay couples, and against all forms of discrimination.

This comes as a boast to the gay community in Chile who has in recent years taking a series of steps on the international stage to promote gender equality.

In 2012, the South American country passed a hate crime and anti-discrimination law that protects individuals harmed on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

This law was approved following the murder of a young gay man called Daniel Zamudio,who died after being severely beaten, and had swastikas carved into his body.

Two years ago, Chile’s Congress had already approved same sex civil unions after years of legislative wrangling. And in 2016, Chile was one of the lead sponsors of a UN Human Rights Council resolution establishing the mandate of an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

The President’s push for marriage equality also comes as countries across the region are expanding their gay rights.

Same-sex marriage has been legalised in recent years in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Mexico, despite the powerful influence of the Catholic Church, which opposes such unions.

As of February 1, 2017, there are 21 countries with marriage equality, counting about one billion, or a seventh of the world’s population.

Bachelet, who is barred by the current constitution to seek a consecutive term, has been pushing for legislation opposed by the country’s Catholic leadership.

As of last week, Chile’s Constitutional Court gave the green light to a law passed in July that will allow abortion in limited cases.

Before that, Chile was one of only a handful of countries in the world that outlawed terminating a pregnancy in any situation, including when a woman’s life was in danger.

Bachelet had previously served as president of Chile from 2006 to 2010, during which she also pushed for pay equality legislation and emergency contraception, including to persons under 14.

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