With a festive march full of multicolored flags, the LGTBI community of our country celebrated this Saturday the Pride day, which coincides with the end of the discussion of a bill that would legalize the equality marriage, a historical demand of the homosexual community in the country.
Thousands of people marched from the Plaza Baquedano to the Palacio de la Moneda, to demand that the parliamentary discussion of the law be rushed and, at the same time, celebrate that they are closer than ever to being able to get married.
“Today we meet again at a key moment, the processing of equal marriage is in the process of becoming law“celebrated Oscar Rementería, spokesman for the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (Movilh).
The bill, which only needs to see the green light in the Lower House, would allow same-sex unions to be called “marriage” and would also enable adoption and filiation, until now not allowed for homosexual couples.
If the initiative is approved, something that is expected to happen in 2021, Chile would join Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Costa Rica and several Mexican states.
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WITH AN EYE ON THE ELECTIONS
Another of the main topics was the presidential election of next November 21, in which, according to the main polls, the leftist Gabriel Boric (I approve of Dignity) and Jose Antonio closet (Christian Social Front), an ultra-conservative who is against gay marriage.
“There is a candidate who is homophobic. That is the real threat to democracy. Go vote to respect our rights“, wielded the independent conventional Gaspar Domínguez.
“Since then, there is no going back. Chile woke up and we realized that the majority of us want equality, that we all be respected: gays, lesbians, indigenous people, trans“said one of the protesters who participated in the march.
The march, which took place during the afternoon of this Saturday without incidents and with hardly any police presence, it is the first major LGBTI encounter since the arrival of the pandemic and was postponed from June to November due to a strong Covid-19 outbreak.
THE LONG ROAD OF EQUAL MARRIAGE
The equal marriage project, which was presented in 2017 during the second term of the former Socialist President Michelle bachelet (2014-2018), remained stagnating for more than four years.
In January 2020, the Senate decided to approve the idea of legislating it and in a surprising turn of events, last July, the current President Sebastian Piñera announced in his last Public Account, before leaving office (in March 2022), that the time had “come” to approve this project.
Despite the fact that this announcement fell like a jug of cold water among the most conservative parties of the governing coalition, the Head of State instructed Parliament to discuss it as a matter of course. “urgency” and since then it has progressed to its last process, which is expected to take place before the end of the year.
According to a recent Ipsos survey, the 65 percent of Chileans believe gay marriage should be allowed, which places Chile as the second Latin American country with the greatest support, only behind Argentina (73 percent).
“Equal marriage is a cross-cutting demand that calls for the support of the majority and that dignifies us as a country“, he pointed to EFE Isabel Love, director of Fundación Iguales, one of the most active LGTBI platforms in the country.