Bolivian department considers marriage equality

Marco Carrillo

While several countries in South America have already embraced marriage equality, Bolivia may be following the U.S. piecemeal model. Legislation has been proposed in one departmental (state) legislature to legalize same-sex marriage.

According to the Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos, a group of LGBT nonprofit groups presented a proposal to the Cochabamba Departmental Assembly to include same-sex marriage in the state’s Autonomy Statute.

Marco Carrillo, the chairman of the committee that drafts such legislation, is analyzing whether this issue can be determined locally or must be done nationally.

“They are proposing the recognition of same-sex unions and out of that also arises the question of recognition of accumulation of future assets and social benefits,” Carrillo said.

Bolivia is divided into nine departments. Cochabamba is centrally located in the country. Its capital, also called Cochabamba, is the fourth-largest city in Bolivia with a metropolitan population of more than 1 million.

Among other South American countries, Argentina has marriage equality, while Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay recognize civil unions.

—  David Taffet

Bolivian president apologizes for saying homosexuality caused by chicken hormones

Bolivian President Evo Morales
Bolivian President Evo Morales

Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, recently got himself into trouble by saying that the reason there are so many gay and lesbian people in developed countries is because of hormones given to chickens.

They always say that it’s harder to discriminate against gays and lesbians when you know some. That’s certainly true in Morales’ case.

Morales apologized for his statement this week after he found out that not only are there LGBT people in Bolivia, according to Los Tiempos, but some of them work in his own official residence and office, El Palacio.

The article from the Cochabamba, Bolivia newspaper is entitled “Evo pide perdón a los gays y dice que los homosexuales también trabajan en Palacio,” which means, “Evo asks pardon from the gays and says that homosexuals also work in the Palace.”

—  David Taffet