Prominent LGBT activist to run for Chile congress

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A prominent LGBT rights advocate in Chile has announced he is running for a seat in the country’s congress.

Luis Larraín, who is the co-founder and former president of Fundación Iguales, declared his candidacy for the Chilean House of Deputies in an interview that La Tercera, a Chilean newspaper, published on March 12.

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Same-sex couples celebrate first civil unions in Chile

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Dozens of same-sex couples in Chile began celebrating civil unions on Oct. 22, taking advantage of a new law that gay advocates say is a clear sign of change in a country long regarded as one of Latin America’s most socially conservative.

The civil union law was debated in Congress for over a decade until it was passed and signed into law by the president in April. As it went into effect, couples began arriving at civil registry offices early to officially validate their unions.

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Chilean President signs law allowing civil unions

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Santiago, Chile (AP) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on April 13 signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America’s most socially conservative nations.

The measure had been in the works for more than four years, and its signing into law was hailed by gay advocates as step toward full marriage rights.

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Chilean lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Chilean lawmakers gave final approval on Jan. 28 to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples.

The legislation now goes to President Michelle Bachelet, who is expected to sign it. Government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde welcomed the bill’s passage as `”a breakthrough that we are proud of as a government.”

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Chilean sailor makes history, publicly announces he is gay

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SANTIAGO, Chile – A sailor with Chile’s navy on Aug. 27 announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation.

Chile has traditionally been a tough place for gays, although the country decriminalized gay sex in 1999 and attitudes toward gays are evolving. The killing of a gay man in Chile 2012 set off a national debate that prompted Congress to pass a hate crimes law.

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