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First same-sex couple marries in Chile under new law

March 10, 2022 GMT
Jaime Nazar, left, and Javier Silva, look at each during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 10, 2022. Silva and Nazar became one of the first same-sex couples to be joined in matrimony on Thursday following the recent signing into a law welcoming same-sex marriage in Chile. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Jaime Nazar, left, and Javier Silva, look at each during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 10, 2022. Silva and Nazar became one of the first same-sex couples to be joined in matrimony on Thursday following the recent signing into a law welcoming same-sex marriage in Chile. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Jaime Nazar, left, and Javier Silva, look at each during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 10, 2022. Silva and Nazar became one of the first same-sex couples to be joined in matrimony on Thursday following the recent signing into a law welcoming same-sex marriage in Chile. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Jaime Nazar, left, and Javier Silva, look at each during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 10, 2022. Silva and Nazar became one of the first same-sex couples to be joined in matrimony on Thursday following the recent signing into a law welcoming same-sex marriage in Chile. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Jaime Nazar, left, and Javier Silva, look at each during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 10, 2022. Silva and Nazar became one of the first same-sex couples to be joined in matrimony on Thursday following the recent signing into a law welcoming same-sex marriage in Chile. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Two men became the first same-sex couple to marry in Chile on Thursday under a law that took effect after years of campaigning by activists.

Engineer Javier Silva and dentist Jaime Nazar have been together for seven years and had previously legalized their status as a couple under a civil union agreement. They have two adopted children.

“Being the first to get married in Chile is an honor,” Silva said at the civil registry office in Providencia, a neighborhood in Santiago, Chile’s capital.

“Now we can say that we are family, that our children have the same conditions and will be able to, we hope, have a better future, that they will not be discriminated against for having two fathers who love each other,” Silva said.