Chilean couple ready to tie the knot after same-sex marriage approval

The Pink Times
The Pink Times December 10, 2021
Updated 2021/12/09 at 9:26 PM

SANTIAGO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Chileans Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar, a couple for six years, have long wanted a wedding to complete their family and give them full legal status as parents, but conservative rules in the South American nation stymied the two men’s plans.

Now, finally they can start sending out invitations.

Chilean lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage on Tuesday following more than a decade of legal campaigns to change the rules as social mores shift in the largely Catholic country. The bill itself was first sent to Congress in 2017.

“Today is an exceptional day for us,” Silva, a 38-year-old industrial engineer told Reuters in Santiago, where the couple had recently arrived back with their newborn daughter Lola from a surrogate mother in Colombia.

“Our daughter was born three weeks ago. She arrived in Chile and, with the new law that has just been approved, for us it is the best scenario,” he said, adding the same-sex bill would allow both partners to be recognized as legal parents.

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