CHILE - House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

Arno Froese

Chile’s lower house approved a bill that would permit same-sex marriage in the South American country of 19 million, sending the measure back to the Senate where it appears to have the support needed to become law.

Chile has long had a conservative reputation, even compared to its deeply religious Latin American peers. 

Civil unions have been permitted in Chile since 2015, which affords same-sex partners many but not all the benefits of married couples, like the right to adoption.

If the Senate approves the lower house version without changes, it will then go to President Sebastian Pinera. If signed, as expected, it would then become law 90 days after the bill is published in the government’s official bulletin.

-www.reuters.com, 23 November 2021

Arno's Commentary

Chile, a nation with 19 million in population, is not often in the news. Approving same-sex marriage is noteworthy for this Roman Catholic country. Religiously, The CIA Factbook counts 66.7% Roman Catholic, with about 16.4% Protestant. Life expectancy is listed as 79.6 years, on par with the US. Per capita GDP is listed as $23,500.

Chile joins 30 other nations that legally protect same-sex marriage.

In the past, virtually all countries in the world made same sex behavior punishable by law. That is no longer the case. It was the 1st of April 2001, when the Netherlands became the first nation to legalize same-sex marriage. There is little to no doubt that many more countries will follow in the footsteps.

Genesis 19 reports of the event in the city of Sodom, where Lot had become a resident. Two angels sent by God were to warn Lot and his family of the coming judgment upon the city.

Lot pleaded with the men of Sodom: “And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly” (Genesis 19:6-7). 

But the Sodomites took the law in their own hands: “And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door” (Genesis 19:9). 

The Lord protected Lot; verse 11a reports: “And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great.” Though blind, they did not give up: “they wearied themselves to find the door.”

What does the New Testament say? “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds)” (2 Peter 2:6-8). Note the words “unlawful deeds.” 

Now, governments the world over are reversing God’s law. Thus, we see another sign of the end times, which proclaims the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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