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Gay rights groups plan protests

Leaders of the Diversity Movement, a civil and gay rights organization, will meet this week to define the actions they will take to push for the approval of a bill that grants rights to same-sex couples.

Group members do not rule out taking to the streets to demand the discussion in the Legislative Assembly of the draft bill known as “coexistence partnerships.”

Last year, the bill received a negative vote from a legislative commission on human rights, which blocked a general vote by  lawmakers.

The bill seeks to grant legal protections in terms of taxes, health care decisions or inheritances to same-sex couples.

The executive branch convened the bill to be discussed when lawmakers return from their holiday vacations on Jan. 21.

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