President Sebastian Pinera of Chile was elected with support of conservative parties, but as his popularity numbers head south, the politician has decided to take a turn to the left in hopes of securing new support. He submitted to the legislature of his country a proposed law that would give unmarried partners the same rights as those possessed by married couples. It was only in 2004 that conservative Chile even granted the right of a a legal divorce so the new legislation has created a furor.
Catholic Church leaders are infuriated that legal status would be granted a couple that does not consist of a man and a woman. According to the proposed law, a couple need only sign before a notary public a statement in which both make an “agreement for life as a couple.”
I guess conservatives are right once you allow such dangerous ideas of divorce, the door has been opened to the end of marriage as we know it.