30 May '11, 6pm

Chilean President to Forward Parliament a Gay-Inclusive Civil Unions Bill

Chili's President Sebastian Pinera has announced that he will forward to parliament a bill that would grant both heterosexual and homosexual couples living outside of marriage the ability to access a form of civil unions granting them many of the same rights as marriage. From On Top Magazine : Pinera announced his intentions in an interview published Saturday by daily El Mercurio . The conservative lawmaker said his bill seeks to “protect and safeguard” the civil rights of couples living outside of marriage and “safeguard the dignity of those couples, whether of opposite sex or even the same sex.” [...] The moves come 10 months after Senator Fulvio Rossi, the president of the Socialist Party, implied the Roman Catholic Church had strong-armed four senators to withdraw their support for his gay marriage bill. Rossi insisted the church's loud criticism would not deter him an...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/civil-rights/blog/chilean-pre...

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