A couple react with their daughter outside the National Assembly as the Senate votes to pass a same-sex marriage bill in Valparaiso, Chile December 7, 2021. REUTERS / Rodrigo Garrido
December 8, 2021
By Esteban Medel
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean couple Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar for six years have long wanted a wedding to complete their families and give them full legal status as parents, but the rules protect them. A player in the South American country thwarted their plans.
Now, they can finally start sending out invitations.
Chilean legislators have legalized same-sex marriage https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/love-is-love-chile-legalizes-same-sex-marriage-historic-vote-2021-12 -07 on Tuesday then adds more than a decade of legal campaigns to change the rules as society changes in the largely Catholic country. The bill itself was first sent to Congress in 2017.
“Today is a special day for us,” Silva, a 38-year-old industrial engineer, told Reuters in Santiago, where the couple recently returned to their newborn daughter Lola from a biological mother. alternative in Colombia.
“Our daughter was born three weeks ago. She went to Chile and with the new law just passed, for us that is the best scenario,” he said, adding that the same-sex bill would allow both partners to be recognized as fathers. legal mother.
“Previously only one of us had rights and responsibilities.”
The couple, civil partners for three years, also have a 1-year-old son Clemente, from a surrogate mother.
Civil unions have been allowed in Chile since 2015 but do not offer all the benefits of marriage, such as the right to adopt children.
Silva’s partner, Nazar, 38, a dental surgeon, said the change ensures a stable legal future for the family.
“Finally, we will be able to be recognized as a family before the state. To a lot of people, that sounds very obvious and unimportant, but for us it was a super important issue,” he said.
“It’s to protect our children, for their future, not just for us but for all the other families out there.”
(Reporting by Esteban Medel; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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