Bolivia: First steps toward same-sex marriage

 First steps toward gay marriage, as MAS slams Adolfo Chávez for leaving the IX March and public institutions are considered the most racist.



First steps toward gay marriage

Last Friday, despite the Catholic Church opposition, two legal projects on gay civil union are being developed and presented to the legislative. Aiming to legalize civil unions the LGTB community will present to the Asamblea Legislativa Plurinacional (Legislative Assembly of Bolivia) a project of law on June 28.

Alberto Moscoso, the LGTB representative, explained that he intends to achieve a civil marriage egalitarian, using articles 63 and 64 from the Bolivian Constitutions

Other law Project, called co-habitation among same sex couples was presente on the chamber of deputies last April 4 by Erica Claure. However, Moscoso has announced that he does not support this Project because it is focusing on legalizing the union.

Meanwhile, the general secretary of the Bolivian Bishop’s Conference, Bishop Óscar Aparicio, rejected last Wednesday this initiative qualifying it as ‘a threat to the family’. For him, after the civil union they will ask for {children’s adoptions, which is a danger to their psico-social development’

MAS slams Adolfo Chávez for leaving the IX March

Last Tuesday, the senator from the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS-Movement to Socialism) Fidel Surco stated that the president of the Confederación de Pueblos Indígenas de Bolivia (Cidob- Confederation of Indigenous people from Bolivia), Adolfo Chávez left the IX March. Surco argues that Chávez is going to La Paz looking for to protagonist and to start a campaign on foreign politics.

The media has informed that Chávez would have abandoned the IX March, in order to travel to Ecuador to accuse a political persecution from the Bolivian government. This accusations plans to be presented in the Coordinadora de Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (Coica –Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin – COICA).

Surco affirmed that the indigenous leader should continue with his people in the March which rejects the consultation about the building of a road within the TIPNIS region, because indigenous communities consider it as an intangible natural reserve. Moreover, the MAS senator Adolfo Mendoza requested that every indigenous regional group should solve matters between leaders and grass roots. This was stated on the context of the IX March organized by the Cidob.

The March’s Indigenous leaders have agreed to continue their mobilization despite the government’s announcement to void the contract with the OAS, the Brazilian company which was supposed to build the road between Villa Tunari-San Ignacio de Moxos.

Public institutions: the most racist

Since the promulgation of the Law against racism and every form of discrimination in 2010, more than half of the 205 denounces registered against discrimination and racism were committed by public institutions.

This data was made public by the Dirección General de Lucha Contra el Racismo y la Discriminación (General Direction against racism and discrimination), which depends on the Vice-Ministry of Decolonization. This was released on the celebration day against racism, with mobilization and artistic event and other events organized by the government around the country.

Last Thursday, the Vice-Minister of Decolonization, Félix Cárdenas, affirmed that Bolivia is still ‘a country designed against indians, against women’, which is the reason why the fight against racism is long. However, he added, these activities help people to understand that this has to end.

The director of the Fight against Racism, Mario Machicado, regretted that until today there has not been any judicial process due to discrimination with a sentence. In addition, he argued that most of denounces are against public servants.