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Peru Civil Unions Sponsor Comes Out

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Peruvian Congressman Carlos Bruce

Photo courtesy of the Congreso de la República del Peru

The sponsor of the Peru civil unions bill is gay.

The Washington Blade reports:

The primary sponsor of a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions in Peru has come out as gay. “Yes, I am gay and I am proud to belong to this group of people who are so valuable to Peru,” said Congressman Carlos Bruce during an interview the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio published on Sunday. Bruce — a member of the centrist Possible Peru Alliance who represents Lima, the Peruvian capital — told the newspaper his two sons support his decision to come out. The congressman also reiterated his criticisms of Lima Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani who opposes the civil unions bill.

Politically, do you think it’s more valuable for the sponsor of gay rights legislation to be gay, or to be a straight ally?

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This is Why We Need Marriage Equality

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Richard and Roberto were partners for 3 years. They were deeply in love. One day Richard complained about a pain in his neck and was hospitalised a short time later.

Roberto said: ‘They banned me from seeing him. They said I didn’t count as family. I was able to sneak into his room for only two minutes. Enough time to hold his hand and tell him that I loved him. He died the next day. I wasn’t allowed to be there.

‘This happened because we were a gay couple in Peru and there’s no law to protect us. But, next Tuesday there’s a vote to decide whether families like mine can be protected with civil unions.’

ee the Full Story at the Gay UK

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Peru: Poll Says 61% Oppose Civil Unions

Monday, April 21st, 2014

titleIn an ironic twist, a majority opposes a civil unions bill, while majorities or near-majorities support almost everything it would do.

On Top Magazine reports:

According to Lima daily El Comercio, only 33 percent of Peruvians support civil unions, while 61 percent remain opposed. The paper found near majority support for the rights outlined in the bill, including the right of partners to make critical health care decisions (52%), inherit property and assets (49%), and access a partner’s pension (52%). Fifty-four percent also support the right to access a partner’s health insurance. A large majority (58%) of Peruvians do not believe such rights should be put to a vote of the people.

It reminds me of the Affordable Care Act, which has less than 50% support here in the US, while most of its provisions enjoy strong support. Are Peruvians so blinded by homophobia that they can’t see the forest for the trees?

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Peru: Thousands March in Support of Civil Unions Bill

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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A large rally wound its way through the streets of Lima this weekend to support a proposed civil unions bill.

On Top Magazine reports:

Roughly 3,000 people on Saturday rallied in support of a proposed civil unions bill in Peru. Among those marching through the streets of Lima was the bill’s sponsor, Congressman Carlos Bruce. “This march is part of human diversity and our constitution allows this diversity to exist,” Bruce is quoted as saying by La Republica. “Now, what happens is that the law does not allow two people of the same sex to join with all the protection of the state.”

Another South American state considers relationship recognition for its LGBT citizens. It’s not marriage equality, but it’s a step.

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Peru: Official Recommends Approval of Civil Unions Measure

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

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Public Defender Eduardo Vega Luna recommended passage of a civil unions bill to protect the rights of gay and lesbian couples.

The Washington Blade reports:

A Peruvian official last week recommended lawmakers in the South American country approve a bill that would allow gays and lesbians to enter into civil unions. Public Defender Eduardo Vega Luna told Congressman Juan Carlos Eguren Neuenschwander, president of the Commission of Justice and Human Rights in the Peruvian Congress, in a March 26 letter that legislators should approve the measure. Vega also told Eguren that lawmakers should also support other efforts that would extend rights to LGBT Peruvians.

It’s amazing that in 2014, there are still so many places where same sex couples have absolutely no rights.

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Peru: Only 25% Support Civil Unions for Same Sex Couples

Monday, September 30th, 2013

titleA new poll out of Peru shows very limited support for relationship recognition for same sex couples.

Peru This Week reports:

A survey conducted by GFK company in 25 cities around Peru has revealed that advocates of the recently proposed gay civil union law face strong opposition. According to Peru21, 65% of Peruvians oppose civil unions for gay couples, while 26% are in favor of the law. The study found that opinions vary by age and gender. Peru21 reports that people between the ages of 40 and 70 generally oppose the law, with 74% saying that they are against civil unions for gay couples. Furthermore, the survey found that Peruvian men oppose the law more strongly than Peruvian women, with 69% of total male respondents against it.

That’s an astonishingly low number, especially when marriage equality’s not even on the table. Anyone have an explanation?

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Peru: Legislator Proposes Civil Unions Bill

Friday, September 13th, 2013

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Congressman Carlos Bruce is proposing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in Peru.

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.

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