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Chile set to pass equal marriage bill

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Incoming president of the Senate said ‘there is no doubt’ they will pass a stagnated equal marriage bill this year.

The new president of Chile’s upper house of parliament, the Senate, has promised to pass an equal marriage bill this legislative year.

‘Chile is in full cultural change, [and] demands wider freedoms and rights’ Jaime Quintana, who will take office on Tuesday [12 March] wrote on Twitter.

‘There is no doubt’ Quintana wrote, the Senate will ‘discuss and approve the equal marriage this legislative year’.

Chile has recognized same-sex civil unions since 2015. And, in 2017, former President Michelle Bachelet introduced an equal marriage bill.

However, when Sebastián Piñera took office in March last year, his government said it would not prioritize the bill.

But now, new president of the Senate, Quintana, has promised to pass the bill.

Óscar Rementería, the spokesman of Chilean human rights organization Movilh, said there was a ‘clear horizon in sight’, according to local media.

‘We are happy with this announcement, which comes to justice around a brutal and irrational legal inequality that weighs on couples just because of their sexual orientation’ he told Radio Agricultura.

He said the group would be in talks with Quintana next week to end the bill’s ‘paralysis’.