ADDED ON: 03/26/2022

Chile’s former human rights secretary discusses marriage equality law

3/25/22 | Washington Blade

A former member of the Chilean government said former President Sebastián Piñera was pivotal to the extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples in the country. Then-Deputy Human Rights Secretary Lorena Recabarren spoke with the Washington Blade on March 10 in her office near Chile’s Presidential Palace in Santiago, the country’s capital. The interview took place hours after Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Chile. Recabarren the following day resigned before President Gabriel Boric and his government took office. Then-President Michelle Bachelet, who is now the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, in 2017 introduced a bill in the Chilean Congress that sought to extend marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. Recabarren told the Blade that Piñera’s “surprise” announcement last June that he supported the measure was “absolutely” pivotal. “That changed everything,” said Recabarren.


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