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Chile Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Landmark Vote Ahead of Elections

  • Issue has divided presidential contenders ahead of runoff
  • Regional peers including Argentina allow same-sex marriage
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Chile’s congress gave its final approval to a bill allowing same-sex marriage in a landmark vote before a polarized presidential runoff that pits two candidates with clashing views on gay rights.

The Senate and Lower House approved the measure on Tuesday, clearing the way for it to become law. Current President Sebastian Pinera had fast-tracked the legislation despite opposition from some groups within his center-right coalition.