Same-sex couples celebrate civil unions for first time in Chile

October 22, 2015 3:44 PM

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SANTIAGO, Chile – Dozens of same-sex couples in Chile are celebrating civil unions, taking advantage of a new law that's a sign of change in a country long regarded as one of Latin America's most socially conservative.

The civil union law that passed in April went into effect Thursday and couples have been arriving at civil registry offices early to officially validate their unions.

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