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Chilean MPs Approve Measure Allowing Civil Unions

After nearly four years of legislative wrangling, legislators in socially conservative Chile on Wednesday gave the green light to civil unions for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples. The bill, known as the Civil Union Accord, will give many of the legal rights afforded to married couples to an estimated two million Chileans. Most of those expected to benefit from the civil unions are unmarried heterosexual couples, though the move is also seen as a big step forward for gay...

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