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.