Gay navy officer makes Chilean history
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.