Chile has taken an important step on Tuesday in the matter of the rights of LGTBI + groups. The Chilean Parliament has officially approved same-sex marriage, a project that had been demanding for a long time that it be approved, and that, after many years in progress, has already obtained its final approval.
It was in the first place in the Senate where it was approved with 21 votes in favor, 8 votes against and three abstentions. Later, a few hours later, Congress gave final green light by an overwhelming majority, which obtained 82 votes in favor, another 20 against and two abstentions. After confirming the approval of homosexual marriage, there was a great and emotional ovation in the plenary session.
Currently, there are seven other countries in Latin America that have legalized marriage between people of the same sex, which are Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, several states of Mexico and Uruguay. Chile is the eighth country in the region to approve it.
How is homosexuality regulated in the world?
In most democratic states, homosexuality is allowed. There are 124 countries where is legalized, most of them located in Europe (the only nations that tend to have more restrictions are located in the east) and in America. Meanwhile, the countries with the most obstacles and convictions for homosexuality are located in Africa and part of Asia.
More than a dozen countries condemn homosexuals to the death penalty, which for now are Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Somalia and Yemen. There are also they impose life imprisonment those who are homosexual (Barbados, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia) and countries that condemn without a specific cap, such as Gambia, Kenya or Malaysia.
To this day, there is a special concern for the soccer World Cup to be held in Qatar next year, because it is one of the countries that imposes the death penalty for homosexuals. The event’s chief organizer, Nasser al-Khater, suggested that gay people will not be able to show affection in public: “Just as we respect different cultures, we hope that these cultures respect ours.”