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Equality news round-up: Chile civil unions bill passes, and more

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– A civil unions bill in Chile has passed a final vote and will be signed by the president.

– LGBT organizations in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are launching a campaign to highlight pro-LGBT businesses.

– In Idaho, a committee meeting was held on a proposal to add the words ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ to the Human Rights bill, a move that would make LGBT people a protected class in the state. More information, including a video of the meeting, is here.

– In the Philippines, a court has declined to drop charges against a US Marine who’s on trial for murdering a woman who is transgender.


  • 1. Iggy_Schiller  |  January 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Condragulations to Chile! =D

  • 2. guitaristbl  |  January 28, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Congrats to Chile..!

    As for Idaho, I wouldn't expect anything given how the religious right was present in the hearing and presses the image of how a jolly place with no discrimination Idaho is. But the fact that finally a public hearing was heard is an improvement.

  • 3. RobW303  |  January 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    When will the law go into effect?

  • 4. VIRick  |  January 28, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    "When will the law go into effect?"

    If you're asking about Chile, the president still has to sign it (and she will). She actually wants marriage equality for Chile, but given that Chile currently has nothing, she will gladly take this first step. In fact, working off the momentum of today's Senate passage, a marriage equality bill has already been introduced.

  • 5. RobW303  |  January 29, 2015 at 8:47 am

    No, I mean, when will same-sex couples be allowed to civilly unionize?

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