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The Congress of Chile approved, this December 7, a bill that allows gay marriage and adoption of children by same-sex couples. The text was approved in the Senate with 21 photos in favor, 8 against and 3 abstentions, and also passed through the Chamber, which ratified the changes made in the Higher Chamber The information is from Folha de São Paulo.

According to senator Pedro Araya, leader of the commission that suggested changes to the proposal, the discrepancies were related to points such as designation of parentage in documents, labor rights and updating of the gender identity law, which, when it was written, did not include gay marriage .

As for children generated by assisted reproduction, parentage is limited to the two people who underwent the process. The use of surrogates is still prohibited.

The bill had already been approved by deputies on the 23rd, by 101 votes in favour, 30 against and 2 abstentions. This Tuesday, the Chamber supported the changes proposed by the Senate, this time with 82 votes in favor, 20 against and 2 abstentions.

Now, the bill awaits the approval of the President Sebastián Piñera, who, close to the election of his successor, has already shown himself in favor of the law, which he wants to leave as a legacy.

Chile legalizes gay marriage and adoption of children by same-sex couples
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Until then, Chile only recognized same-sex union through the Civil Union, which did not ensure the same rights to succession and pension issues as a marriage, in addition to not providing for the right of couples to have children.

With the decision, Chile becomes the eighth nation where equal civil marriage is guaranteed by the courts, after Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico — in some states —, Uruguay and Brazil, where same-sex civil union was declared legal by the Federal Supreme Court in 2011 and permitted by a resolution of the National Council of Justice two years later.

Approval takes place less than two weeks before the second round of the presidential elections, scheduled for December 19, which will include Gabriel Boric, from a left-wing party, and José Antonio Kast, who is an ultra-rightist.

Kast said there is a “gay lobby” in the press to influence people, and that he is against the new legislation, saying that if elected, it would prevent “children from being forcibly indoctrinated” and defend “every child’s right to have a father and a mother”.

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Jornalista formado pela PUC do Rio de Janeiro, dedicou sua vida a falar sobre cultura nerd/geek. Gay desde que se entende por gente, sempre teve desejo de trabalhar com o público LGBT+ e crê que a informação é a a melhor arma contra qualquer tipo de "fobia"