Same-sex marriage bill in Chile goes to the congress

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A same-sex couple exchanges rings after they registered their civil union at Rome's city hall on May 21, 2015 in Rome. The city of Rome organized today a "Celebration Day" to registrate civil unions including same-sex ones. Italy's Justice Minister Andrea Orlando said yesterday the country needs a civil unions law and a draft bill by ruling Democratic Party (PD) should be presented in parliament by the end of July. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

The President of Chile sent the same-sex marriage bill further and now it depends on congress whether marriage equality will be introduced in the country. The bill was proposed in 2015 and the President Michelle Bachelet promised to send a full bill to legislators before the year was up because it was one of the key steps to create the liberal society in Chile. “We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical nor fair to put artificial limits on love, nor to deny essential rights just because of the sex of those who make up a couple,” Bachelet said. Chile is going to be the fifth South American country to have marriage equality recognized. Although Bachelet has managed to get the bill into congress, it is uncertain if it will pass before the elections in November. As well as a same-sex marriage bill, the Chilean government is set to pass a law which will alleviate the current illegal status on abortion. The law will allow abortions in a limited number of cases.

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