(CNN)Chile's Congress voted connected Tuesday to o.k. a measure legalizing same-sex marriage, clearing the mode for it to go law.
The Chamber of Deputies, the little location of Congress, passed the measure with 82 votes successful favor, 20 against, and 2 abstentions. The measure had already been approved by Chile's Senate.
The question was archetypal presented successful 2017 by socialist president Michelle Bachelet, but stalled successful Congress until existent President Sebastian Piñera voiced his support.
Piñera -- a right-wing, blimpish person -- said earlier this twelvemonth that helium supported matrimony equality. He is expected to present motion the measure into law.
"I deliberation the clip has travel for adjacent matrimony successful our country," Piñera said successful June, "In this way, each radical without distinguishing by intersexual orientation, volition beryllium capable to unrecorded emotion and signifier a household with each the extortion and dignity that they request and deserve."
Pinera's word arsenic president is winding down, with a run-off ballot betwixt candidates José Antonio Kast and Gabriel Boric scheduled for aboriginal this month.
Chile has legally recognized same-sex civilian unions since 2015. Legalizing same-sex matrimony would supply adjacent rights to same-sex couples, specified arsenic the close to follow children.
Across Latin America, same-sex marriages are allowed successful Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Uruguay and parts of Mexico.
Previous reporting by CNN's Michelle Velez successful Atlanta and Stefano Pozzebon successful Bogota.