Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

In Victory for LGBTQ+ Movement, Chile Legalizes Marriage Equality

On Tuesday, Chile became the eighth Latin American country to legalize marriage equality. This historic victory was won in the streets.

Left Voice

December 8, 2021
Facebook Twitter Share
Members of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation celebrate after lawmakers approved legislation legalizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

On Tuesday, after years of struggle in the streets, Chile became the eighth country in Latin America to legalize marriage equality. Lawmakers from both chambers overwhelmingly voted to approve the bill, which must now be signed into law by President Sebastián Piñera.

The legislation also grants parenting rights to same-sex couples, including adoption rights, custody, and recognition of parental ties, regardless of whether the couple is legally married. This means that trans women and trans men can be recognized on their children’s birth certificates. The order of children’s surnames will now also be decided by the parents.  

The legislation also eliminates gender transition as an automatic cause for divorce. Under current laws, trans people who are married need to get a divorce before being allowed to change their name and legal gender marker.

Although the marriage equality initiative was presented in 2017 under the government of Michelle Bachelet, it was stalled for four years. The Chilean Right and center Right have always opposed it, and it was only this year that Piñera said that “the time has come to guarantee that freedom and that dignity to all people.” The vote came after months of stalling by his government and cabinet ministers.

The vote to legalize marriage equality is a huge triumph in one of the most conservative countries in the region. Divorce was only legalized in 2004, and since 2017, abortion is only allowed in cases of fetal non-viability, risk to the pregnant person’s life, or rape. Far-right politician José Antonio Kast, one of the presidential candidates who will face off against Gabriel Boric in the second round of the elections on December 19, opposes the legislation, and has called marriage equality “unnatural.”

The historic marriage equality vote was the product of years of struggle in the streets by the LGBTQ+ community in Chile. These struggles have also won marriage equality in other countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, and several states in Mexico. The conclusion from these struggles and Tuesday’s vote is clear: the LGBTQ+ movement, along with other sectors of the working class and the oppressed, must organize and mobilize to continue to win these important victories.

Facebook Twitter Share

Left Voice

Militant journalism, revolutionary politics.

INTERNATIONAL

U.S. Imperialism is Pushing Tensions in the Middle East to a Boiling Point

U.S. Imperialism's support for Israel is driving the tensions behind Iran's attack and the escalations in the Middle East. It is all the more urgent for the working class to unite with the movement for Palestine against imperialism and chart a way out of the crisis in the region.

Samuel Karlin

April 15, 2024

Thousands of Police Deployed to Shut Down Congress on Palestine in Berlin

This weekend, a Palestine Congress was supposed to take place in the German capital. But 2,500 police were mobilized and shut down the event before the first speech could be held. Multiple Jewish comrades were arrested.

Nathaniel Flakin

April 12, 2024

Fired by a German University for Solidarity with Palestine — Interview with Nancy Fraser

The University of Cologne canceled a guest professorship with the philosophy professor from The New School. In this interview, she speaks about Germany dividing between "Good Jews" and "Bad Jews," her politicization in the civil rights movement, and her time in an Israeli kibbutz.

Nathaniel Flakin

April 10, 2024

Pro-Palestine Activists in France Get Summons from Anti-Terrorist Police

As part of a repressive campaign against the movement for Palestine in France activists have gotten summons from “anti-terrorist” police. The movement for Palestine in the United States must oppose all repression of our movement here and in Europe.

Samuel Karlin

April 9, 2024

MOST RECENT

NYPD officers load Pro-Palestine protesters at Columbia onto police buses

Student Workers of Columbia Union Call for Solidarity Against Repression and in Defense of the Right to Protest

In response to the suspensions and arrests of students at Columbia, the Student Workers of Columbia is circulating a call for solidarity against the repression. We re-publish their statement here and urge organizations, unions, and intellectuals to sign.

The New Labor Movement and the Need for Anti-Imperialist and Class Independent Politics

The rise of labor in the US has put the working class at the center of national politics. It deserves class-independent politics free of the capitalist constraints of the Democratic Party.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

April 19, 2024

Palestinian Liberation and Permanent Revolution

The fight against Zionist oppression is at the center of international and domestic politics. The path forward is to fight for a free, socialist, workers’ Palestine, from the river to the sea, where Arabs and Jews can live in peace.

Jimena Vergara

April 19, 2024

Inside Amazon: Exploitation and the Fight Against Capitalist Dystopia

A new book explores "Amazonification," the spread of global logistics chains, and the reconfiguration of the working class in the 21st century