Marriage Equality in Chile: First Same Sex Couple Weds

Gay dads Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar were the first to get married under the new law after “getting lucky” when the appointments opened up and they got the first slot.

Marriage Equality came into effect in Chile on Thursday (March 10).

Holding their two children, 20-month-old Clemente and four-month-old Lola María., Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar exchanged vows before sharing a kiss in the Civil Registry of Providencia of Santiago, in a historic moment for the overwhelmingly Catholic country.

A couple for six years, the couple got married on Thursday, March 10, 2022. They said that they have long dreamed of getting hitched not only to celebrate their love but also marriage equality in Chile gives them full legal status as parents, given that Chile’s conservative laws have long stymied them. 

Jaime is the biological father of Clemente and Javier is the biological father of Lola María. Both children were born through surrogacy in Colombia. The couple is relieved that they will now be able to be legally recognized as the parents of both children.

The couple took to Instagram to post photos from their historic wedding. “We are super proud of this moment,” Jaime wrote, “it’s an extremely emotional day for us.”

“A day that marked our history and that of Chile,” wrote Javier, “We could never imagine all the love we have received and how transcendental this milestone would become.”

Javier explained that under the old rules, he would have had no legal rights to Clemente if Jaime had died. All rights would have automatically gone to Jaime’s parents as Clemente’s next of kin.

It was Chile’s President, Sebastián Piñera, of the liberal conservative National Renewal party, who startled the political establishment and the Catholic Church in June when he came out in favour of Marriage Equality, something he has been a longtime opponent of.