A group of 13 legislators presented, on Wednesday, a bill to reform the Constitution to restrict marriage only for heterosexual couples.

The group want to change the Constitution to literally read marriage is between a man and woman

This group of legislators proposes to modify Article 52 of the Constitution, to add a sentence that says literally that marriage “is the union between a man and a woman” and, in this way, restrict the possibility that same-sex couples can marry.

Currently, the Article does not define in any way that marriage should occur between heterosexual persons, saying: “Marriage is the union of a man and a woman, rests on the equal rights of the spouses, and is the essential basis of the family”. (“El matrimonio es la unión de un hombre y una mujer, descansa en la igualdad de derechos de los cónyuges, y es la base esencial de la familia” in Spanish).

The prohibition for same-sex marriages was in paragraph 6 of Article 14 of the Family Code, which was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court last August as a result of the advisory opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) that ordered the country recognize same-sex marriage without any discrimination.

The boxes containing the 150,000 signatures supporting the initiative

The legislators said they collected 150,000 signatures, from all over the country since 2013, who support the initiative.