CHILE: 100,000 March For Marriage Equality [VIDEO]

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Tens of thousands of activists on Saturday joined a protest in Santiago, Chile to demand passage of laws that would extend marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples and protect transgender people.

According to organizer the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh), 100,000 people attended the protest. Demonstrators marched from Plaza Italia to Plaza Los Heroes, where a cultural and political festival lasted into the night, news service EFE reported.

The government of President Michelle Bachelet backs these reforms and has introduced legislation. The administration agreed to introduce a marriage equality bill last year after Movilh filed a lawsuit with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of three gay couples who are seeking to marry in Chile.

Bachelet leaves office in March and one of the two leading candidates to succeed her opposes equal marriage. The other guy, seen below, attended this weekend’s march.

Chile’s Senate debate on Bachelet’s marriage bill begins at 1PM New York City time and will likely be live-streamed here.

RELATED: Elsewhere in South America, same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay.

  • bkmn

    Come on Chile – do the right thing!

  • Jonathan Smith

    that’s 1.7% of the country.
    if the US did that there would be 32.3 million in Washington DC.
    NICE JOB CHILI!

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  • vorpal

    As most of you probably know, I live in Chile for work.

    Nearly everyone I have met here thinks it’s time for marriage equality. Last time I was in Santiago, one of the cab drivers we had went off on a rant about how it was a gross injustice that our marriage wasn’t recognized in Chile and how this was long overdue.

    There is – of course – a loud evangelical contingent here who opposes it and acts out in truly immature, obnoxious ways, like trying to crash meetings on the subject and screaming about how it’s going to result in the end of the world.

    Homosexuality – particularly amongst young people – doesn’t seem to be an issue at all here. Chileans are a very physically affectionate people, and everywhere I go, I see young gay couples holding hands in public.

    I hope this passes soon. It’s been looming on the horizon for 2-3 years now and is well overdue.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • TuuxKabin

    Andale pues.

  • Bluto
    • TuuxKabin

      Again?

  • OT- If anyone here is considering a trip to Chile, go! And if you go make sure to visit the lake district outside of Puerto Montt – in Southern Chile — the volcano district — it is absolutely spectacular. I took a train south from Santiago and went hiking in the Andes once, over to Argentina. Absolutely gorgeous — as is the entire nation. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a725a51af79018e80d524efa646173d52e4309fff30d44df95a43154773eeb1.jpg

    • Danieruw

      Several years ago I went whitewater rafting on the Futaleufu River near Chaiten in southern Chile. Stunning scenery. A few years later the whole town (and area) was destroyed by a volcanic eruption.

  • andrew

    It’s great to see another majority Catholic country, ignore their bigoted closeted homosexual Bishops and stand up for human equality.

  • Danieruw

    “Elsewhere in South America, same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay.”

    Also legal in the Falkland Islands, French Guiana and Tristan da Cunha.