Chilean president Michelle Bachelet introduced a bill today that, if passed, would bring same-sex marriage and adoption to the country.
The news was announced at at event at the presidential palace in Santiago, with Ronaldo Jiménez, president of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH), in attendance.
“The president begins the act of signing a marriage equality bill,” Jiménez tweeted. “That’s how we like Chile.”
In 2012, Jiménez's group filed a lawsuit demanding marriage equality. That was the same year Daniel Zamudio, a 24-year-old gay man, was beaten to death and had swastikas carved into his body. The crime sparked national outrage and galvanized Chile's LGBT community, leading to the introduction of hate-crime laws that included sexual orientation and gender identity.
As part of a settlement with the MOVILH last year, Bachelet’s government agreed to introduce a marriage and adoption bil. (Civil unions have been recognized in Chile since 2015.)
The Washington Blade reports Bachelet will leave office when her term ends in March—Former President Sebastián Piñera, who opposes marriage equality, is running to succeed her.
Bachelet declared her intentions to introduce the measure in a State of the Union address in June. Marriage equality, she said, is “not only a demand of the international justice system but a legitimate demand of Chilean society."