Gay navy officer makes Chilean history

Last updated 19:47 28/08/2014

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A navy officer has become the first member of the Chilean military to reveal he is gay in a groundbreaking admission in this conservative Catholic country.

24-year-old Mauricio Ruiz says he had already told his superiors because he was tired of leading a double life, then decided to go completely public by speaking to the media.

Chile is a highly conservative country, where even divorce wasn't allowed until 2004, and discrimination against suspected gays in the military and society in general have been common.

A law governing same sex unions is being debated.

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