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A Gay Man’s Brutal Torture And Murder In 2012 Changed Thoughts On Gay Rights, Now Chile Is Talking Marriage Equality

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LGBTQ+ Chileans have reason to celebrate this week as President Michelle Bachelet has moved the country closer to legalizing marriage equality.

“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.

(H/T: Al Jazeera)

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Immigration Lawyer Says Daughter Who Recorded Dad Being Detained By ICE Saved Him

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Immigration Lawyer Says Daughter Who Recorded Dad Being Detained By ICE Saved Him

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On Feb. 28, like many other dads, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was dropping off his daughter at school. But what should have been a typical day ended up being a horrific nightmare for his entire family and it was all caught on tape.

You might remember the viral video that 14-year-old Fatima Avelica-Gonzalez took on her cellphone. She captured the moment immigration officials detained her dad.

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While Avelica-Gonzalez was detained due of two prior convictions (receiving a stolen vehicle registration tag in 1998 and a 2008 DUI case) the community’s support for his release was palpable. His daughter’s cries in the video painted a clear picture of just how tragic it is when families are torn apart. Her quick thinking, which led to recording the incident, helped her dad, too.

Six months after his detainment, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez has just posted bail.

“The judge studied his case…and decided he was not a flight risk or a threat to the community and granted him a reasonable bond of $6,000,” Avelica-Gonzalez’s attorney Alan Diamante said to the Los Angeles Daily News.

However, his release is just the beginning of his case. He still faces deportation.

His attorney said the judge felt that Avelica-Gonzalez could be with his family while his case is pending.

His lawyer also said that if it wasn’t for Fatima, her father’s story would never have been known.

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“I have to give a lot of credit to Fatima that recorded the incident of his arrest which went viral. It was an act of resistance, and I’m hopeful that more people will do that. In a democracy, we need people to speak out when they see injustice,” Avelica-Gonzalez’s attorney said a press conference after Wednesday’s hearing.

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