On April 14, marriage equality advocates in Chile held an important meeting with President Bachelet. During the meeting they presented President Bachelet with their proposed marriage equality bill. Advocates at the meeting told HRC that the president agreed the bill needs to be introduced as soon as possible.
Luis Larrain of the Iguales Foundation participated in HRC's Global Innovative Advocacy Summit last month, where he exchanged ideas and best practices with leaders in the fight for LGBTQ equality worldwide. Days after Larrain returned to Chile, Iguales launched a new effort to push for marriage equality ahead of the country's next election.
Larrain was also a leader in the passage of the January 2015 civil unions bill for same-sex couples following five years of advocacy.
HRC Global will continue to monitor the situation in Chile and elsewhere around the world. There are currently only 20 countries that have full marriage equality.