Peru This Week reports:
Carlos Bruce, a congressman from Lima, announced today that he is pursuing the approval of a bill that would grant homosexual couples the right to legalize their relationships in a “civil union.” Bruce gave an interview to Canal N in which he explained the aims behind the proposal. According to Bruce, the proposal is meant to alleviate the situation of discrimination faced by gay Peruvians. He pointed out that, while heterosexual couples have the option to formalize their relationships and receive legal rights and protections, gay couples have no way to make their relationships official. Bruce explained that gay Peruvians were victims of state-sponsored discrimination because their relationships could not be protected by law, and therefore vulnerable.
It’s not full marriage equality, but it is a step in the right direction.