Chile Passes Gay Discrimination Protections Following Daniel Zamudio’s Death

6a00d8341c730253ef016764509406970b-800wiSeven years after first being proposed, and only a week after gay man Daniel Zamudio died from injuries sustained during an attack by four neo-Nazis, Chile's House yesterday passed anti-discrimination legislation that includes gay people.

The nation's Senate, the Washington Post reports, approved the bill last November. President Sebastian Pinera, a supporter of the law, will sign the legislation after a few more wrinkles are worked out.

The Post provides some more details:

The House of Deputies approved the law in a close 58-56 vote, seven years after it was first proposed. The Senate passed the law in November. Some passages remain to be finalized in a commission of senators and House lawmakers.

After Zamudio died last week, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called for Chile to pass new laws against hate crimes and discrimination.

Some Protestant churches had opposed the anti-discrimination law, saying it could be a first step toward gay marriage, which Chile forbids and which is not explicitly included in the measure. The Roman Catholic Church also expressed some concerns about the law.

The law describes as illegal discrimination “any distinction, exclusion or restriction that lacks reasonable justification, committed by agents of the state or individuals, and that causes the deprivation, disturbance or threatens the legitimate exercise of fundamental rights.”

It's too bad it took Zamudio's brutal beating to finally get this law moving again, but at least his death was not in vain.

Comments

  1. Francis says

    Glad something was done. But doesn’t it speak wonders that even after an innocent gay man was killed by Neo-Nazis, conservatives and the Catholics STILL did not support LGBTQ protections. And STILL do not believe there should be a hate crimes law that includes gay people. And then these same people will wonder why hate crimes continue or pray for the victim. Unbelievably sick. But although Daniel was tragically murdered, the action being taken and progress being made after the fact hopefully is a signal for the future.

  2. JC says

    That’s nice. Now we just need innocent people to die in every other country that doesn’t have laws protecting LGBT people…. So ridiculous that it takes something so terrible to incite even a tiny bit of action.

  3. jakeinlove says

    Sad that it had to come after someone’s life was taken, but hey, here in America we’re no better.

  4. SayTheTruth says

    @Moulin, you should translate your message.
    Wow… those neo-nazies would’ve been sent to the death camp under Hitler’s Germany in the blink of an eye. But being delusional is part of being a Nazi, so no surprise there. Hatred, always striving in ignorance.