LGBTQ+ Chileans have reason to celebrate this week as President Michelle Bachelet has moved the country closer to legalizing marriage equality.
— Michelle Bachelet (@mbachelet) August 28, 2017
“There are no conditions to love,” President Bachelet wrote on Twitter. “To keep moving towards an inclusive Chile, today I signed the Equal Marriage bill.”
Just last week, President Bachelet scored a major victory towards her agenda of easing the country’s very restrictive abortion laws. In 2015, Bachelet took the first step towards marriage equality by securing legalized civil unions for same-sex couples in Chile. Now, she has sent a bill to Congress to legalize marriage equality and allow same-sex couples the right to adopt children. The bill changes the wording of marriage law from a “union between a man and a woman” to a “union between two people.”
“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 in La Moneda presidential palace, according to Al Jazeera.
Al Jazeera also reports that the South American country has been making moves to grant LGBTQ+ Chileans rights under the law following the 2012 murder of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio. Zamudio was targeted for being gay and tortured by four male neo-Nazi sympathizers for hours in downtown Santiago, even having swastikas carved into his body, according to the BBC.
You can read more about Chile’s marriage equality proposal here.