LIMA – The Justice and Human Rights Committee of Peru’s Congress has permanently archived the same-sex civil union bill previously rejected in March, said committee president Juan Carlos Eguren.
Eguren said on Twitter Tuesday that a request for reconsideration of the bill raised by Congressman Mauricio Mulder received only two votes in favor.
Following this rejection, the bill will be archived and congressional procedures decree no similar initiative can be proposed for at least a year.
Last week, thousands of people, mainly from the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community, joined the second March for Equality and traveled to Lima to demand recognized legal status for their civil unions.
Congressman Carlos Bruce, proponent of the bill, and other politicians joined with famous artists to participate in the march.
Bruce told Efe that the “conservatives have denied gays and lesbians the rights that everyone else has and injustice continues.”
The legislator said the gay community will continue protesting “as many times as necessary until all of us are considered free and equal as our constitution establishes.”
He observed that recent action “has led to the awakening of a community, as we can see, that has all colors and social classes, protesting here so that Peru can become an egalitarian society”