Legislator Carlos Bruce received a petition signed by 10 thousand in favor of allowing civil unions for gay couples yesterday.
The petition was organized by the collective ‘¡Unión civial ya!’ (Civil union now!), led by the Lima Homosexual Movement and other organizations, according to news publication, Publimetro.
“Life (for hetorosexual people) won’t change, but it will change for the three million Peruvians who don’t fully enjoy their rights,” said Ana Araujo, lawyer for the collective.
Bruce, who put forward the change of law in September of last year, hopes that it will alleviate the discrimination faced by gay Peruvians.
He said that he “is looking to make Peru a more dignified and decent country for everyone, including minorities.” The Justice Commission will debate the initiative over the next few days.
The subject of homosexuality in Peru is still a strongly debated one, with passionate supporters and detractors. Peru’s Imaginary Couples campaign against homophobia was met with a ‘Real Couples’ campaign made by an anti-gay group. Peru’s Cardinal Cipriani is against the gay civil union proposal.
In an interview with Canal N, Bruce said that the change in law is in line with the Peruvian constitution, as all Peruvians should be equal before the law.
“This will strengthen families, because it’ll add a new kind of family that is going to join their assets, they’re going to have more disposable income, and they’re going to pay more taxes. And lastly, something else, the most important: they’re going to be happier, which they have every right to be,” he said in an interview with Peru21.