Chile’s first gay couple—Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar—weds in Santiago on Thursday, March 10, 2022, as their country’s Equal Marriage law takes effect.
Chile’s first gay couple weds as same-sex marriage law takes effect.— Gayquation™ (@Gayquation) March 13, 2022
Congrats Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar! 🎉 💜
In December, Congress approved legislation guaranteeing legal rights for same-sex couples in a milestone for the conservative nation.
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It can be remembered that the same-sex marriage bill in Chile was approved way back in December 2022, making them the eighth Latin American country to legalize same sex marriage, and the 31st to do so worldwide.
“Being the first couple to get married in Chile for us is an honor, something to be proud of,” Silva said in a statement after their civil ceremony. “We did it! It’s something we didn’t think could happen.”
He added, “Now our children have the same rights (as other families) and they will be able to have, we hope, a better future, that they will not be discriminated against for having two parents who love each other.”
The couple, who has been together for seven years, had a civil union three years prior. They have two young children, an 18-month-old son and a 4-month-old daughter.
“My congratulations to Jaime and Javier for being the first couple to marry under the new #EqualMarriage law,” tweeted President-elect Gabriel Boric, who took office Friday last week, “to continue advancing for a Chile with equal rights and freedoms for all people.”
With this landmark law, married same-sex couples in Chile have now the right to adopt alongside other rights that come along with marriage like “welfare and state life insurance rights, among other benefits.”
Apart from Silva and Nazar, two other LGBT couples got married including Consuelo Morales and Pabla Heuser who has a daughter named Josefa. Morales said, “Today Josefa ceases to be an illegitimate daughter.”