A bill that would ban same-sex marriage in El Salvador has won preliminary approval from the legislature.
A package of constitutional reforms approved Thursday night also would bar same-sex couples from adopting children.
The reforms will not take effect unless they are ratified by a two-thirds majority in the next legislative session, which will open on May 1. That would mean the changes would have to win support from at least 56 congressional deputies. Last night, the bills were backed by 47 of the 84 members.
El Salvador does not legally recognize same-sex marriage. In 2009, a similar effort to amend the constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman also failed to win ratification.