The Chilean Chamber of Deputies approved this Tuesday by 82 votes in favor, 20 against and 2 abstentions the bill that regulates the marriage of same-sex couples.
After receiving support in this last legislative process, the bill was sent to the Executive Power for enactment.
Earlier Tuesday the Senate had approved this bill with 21 votes in favor, 8 against and 3 abstentions.
The initiative introduced modifications to the Civil Code, the Labor Code and the laws on the adoption of minors. It also recognizes and protects the right to gender identity. The Chamber of Deputies had approved this bill at the end of November with 101 votes in favor, 30 against and 2 abstentions.
The bill establishes that marriage is a solemn contract by which two people unite “currently and indissolubly, and for life, in order to live together, to procreate, and to help each other.”
The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, had announced in June that he would urge the equal marriage initiative that has been in Congress for almost four years.