Chilean Executive Fast-Tracks LGBT Agenda When International Bodies Won’t
NEW YORK, August 12 (C-Fam) The Government of Chile promised to “promote, advance, and support” the homosexual agenda in an audacious settlement agreement that goes far beyond what the homosexual activists could have ever hoped for from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights where it was reached.
The Chilean Executive was able to both surpass the Commission’s already very progressive positions on LGBT rights, as well as feign international pressure on its own democratic institutions to pass “homosexual marriage.”
The recently published settlement was reached in June and involved a 2012 complaint from the Chilean Movement for Integration and Liberation of Homosexuals (MOVILH) and three homosexual couples.
The group alleged that Chile was violating the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights by failing to recognize homosexual marriage. But it never really had a chance of succeeding either at the Commission or the Inter-American Court for Human Rights.
Consistent with the recent jurisprudence of other international human rights’ courts, both the Inter-American Commission’s non-binding recommendations and the Inter-American Court’ binding decisions, have not declared the existence of a human right to “homosexual marriage.”
When addressing complaints like the one from MOVILH they only asked some minimal legal recognition for relations between individuals of the same-sex. Chile has such a civil unions law since 2015.
The Commission most likely would have archived the case were it not for some creative lawyering. Chile decided to agree to a settlement instead of allowing MOVILH to lose their case.
Without consulting the electorate or the legislature, Chile promised MOVILH and the Inter-American Commission to introduce a bill on same-sex marriage in the state legislature, to be adopted by the end of 2017. The agreement goes farther.
It requires Chile to include lesbian, bisexual and transgender policies in its women’s health and “sexual and reproductive health” programs, give legal recognition to the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity, ensure that national sex education and civic education curricula include “contents on sexual diversity.”
It also commits Chile to review a law that regulates the teaching of religion, so as to avoid discrimination of both “teachers and students,” and even requires Chile to establish a working group to study the question of homosexual adoption and publicly funded sex-change operations.
“The government colluded with the commission and with MOVILH, so as to force Congress to accept its ideological and cultural agenda,” according to Professor Tomás Henriquez, Executive Director of the organization Community and Justice.
While the settlement cannot bind the state’s legislature, it is signed by several high-level ministers of Chile’s executive. The facts went almost unreported in the Chilean press.
Father Francisco Javier Astaburuaga Ossa, Doctor of Canon Law and founder of Project Nasciturus in Chile said the government is “secretly disclosing only what it had to disclose.”
He criticized the settlement as “an agreement that jeopardizes both the sovereignty of our Parliament, as well as our political Constitution, by re-defining the concepts of marriage and family.”
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, former head of UN Women, supports the agreement. Bachelet also introduced the morning-after pill in Chile and is trying to make abortion legal, claiming that it is an international right. She is facing a likely defeat in the upcoming Chilean elections. Her approval rating reached an all-time low in June.