Let’s hope so! From YVKE Mundial, a hot story about a bill currently before the legislature:
Translation mine. The deputy goes on to say that gay-rights activists are prepared to put up a fight if the measure doesn’t pass. The reason, she says, is that for centuries, gay Venezuelans have found themselves obliged to marry persons of the opposite sex, even if they didn’t love one another. A definite case of contra natura, one would think, although the church and state have long insisted that it’s being gay that’s unnatural, not marrying for convenience rather than love. What’s nice about this organic law proposal is that it recognizes gays as being different by nature, and unable to change–and therefore, that it goes against their rights to force them to choose opposite-sex unions or remain forever alone. The church and a lot of other conservative traditionalists won’t like it, any more than they liked Galileo for saying “Eppur si muove”, but…the world is round, and it turns, and it orbits the Sun. And in Venezuela, it has just done another significant turn.
The Organic Law for Gender Equity and Equality, which establishes legal cohabitation rights for same-sex couples, is about to go to a second reading in the National Assembly.Deputy Romelia Matute presented the proposal and added that the project is in the process of consultations and that she has met at various times with members of the gay community who asked that an article be included which permits legal union of two persons of the same sex. “We have decided to call it ‘cohabitation associations’,” explained the parliamentarian. “This will permit two persons of the same sex to unite legally and will have juridical and patrimonial effects, as in many countries such as Mexico and Spain, among others.”Article 8 of the law before the National Assembly states: “Every person has the right to exercise their sexual identity of preference, in a free manner and without any discrimination. In consequence, the State shall recognize the associations of cohabitation between two persons of the same sex, by mutual agreement and free consent, with full juridical and patrimonial effect.”In this way, a same-sex couple legally united can share their worldly goods, such as apartments, cars, and similar. In the event that one partner should die, the surviving partner retains the right to all shared possessions. Legal separations and the consequent division of goods would take place in a manner similar to that between a divorcing couple or a dissolving business partnership. A homosexual person may include their legal partner in medical insurance policies, among others.