• Demanding a law of gender identity and right to marriage equality, members of the LGBT community marched through Alameda avenue in Santiago on June 25, 2016. (NurPhoto (Photo by Mauricio Gomez/NurPhoto via Getty Images))Source: NurPhoto (Photo by Mauricio Gomez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
It would make Chile the fifth country in South America to legalise gay marriage.
Michaela Morgan

9 Feb 2017 - 9:26 AM  UPDATED 9 Feb 2017 - 9:26 AM

President Michelle Bachelet has announced this week that a public discussion on same-sex marriage will take place in Chile.

Bachelet said the aim of the discussion is to produce a “satisfactory bill on marriage equality, recognising the same rights for everyone".

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The president said that the official recognition of same-sex marriage was “not only a demand of the international justice system but a legitimate demand of Chilean society.”

Bachelet made a promise last year during a United Nations General Assembly on LGBT rights to send a bill to legalise gay marriage to Congress.  

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"My government has committed to submit to Congress a bill on marriage equality during the first half of 2017," she said.

If Chile legalised same-sex marriage, it would be the fifth country to do so in South America, joining Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.

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