Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has inked an major bill legalising same- coitus marriage into law, days after the measure was approved by Congress.
The law “ puts all love connections between two people on an equal footing”, Pinera said at a form at La Moneda government palace on Thursday alongside LGBTQ activists, civil society representatives, lawmakers and other officers.
The law includes recognition of maternal ties, full conjugal benefits and relinquishment rights for wedded same- coitus couples, among other reforms.
“ All couples who so wish, anyhow of their sexual exposure, will be suitable to live, love, marry and form a family with all the quality and legal protection they need and earn,” Pinera said.
Chile’s Senate suggested 21-8 in favour of the marriage equivalency legislation on Tuesday, with three abstentions, while the Chamber of Deputies passed the bill 82-20, with two abstentions.
The bill was firstly patronized by Pinera’s precursor, Michelle Bachelet, who introduced it in 2017.
Pinera, a centre-right leader who’s leaving office in March, and his government threw their full support behind marriage equivalency this time.
The law’s passage marks an important corner after a decade-long legal battle in the South American nation, which is holding a presidential runoff latterly this month.
“ Love is love, no matter what,” rights group Amnesty International said, calling the new law “ great news”.