Chile president Piñera pushes for passage of same-sex marriage bill

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    Chile’s outgoing president, Sebastian Piñera, announced Tuesday he plans to expedite a same-sex marriage bill that has been stalled for years in the country’s Congress.

    During a state of the nation address, he said that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, should be able to “live, love and form a family.”

    There was a measure passed in 2015 to empower couples, including those in same-sex relationships, to register for a Civil Union Agreement that confers some legal benefits, but the universal same-sex marriage bill has yet to be passed despite first being introduced by former president Michelle Bachalet.

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    Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a country in western South America. It occupies a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Chile covers an area of 756,096 square kilometres (291,930 sq mi) and has a population of 17.5 million as of 2017. The capital and largest city is Santiago and the national language is Spanish.

    Chile borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Isla Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica under the Chilean Antarctic Territory.

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