Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chile to Consider Civil Unions for Gay Couples

The government of Chile appears prepared to consider legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

Bloomberg reports:

Chile’s government is preparing legislation that would legally recognize civil unions between gay couples, newspaper La Tercera reported today. The bill, which could be presented to Congress by next week, would grant legal rights to gay couples who have lived together for more than one year, the Santiago-based newspaper reported, citing a copy of the draft legislation it obtained.

Last month, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said he was pushing for the law: "Mr. Pinera told Santiago-based El Mercurio newspaper he wanted to safeguard 'the dignity of those couples, whether of the opposite or even the same sex.'"

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