Chilean gay and lesbian couples are set to enter legal civil unions today as new laws grant same-sex couples to register and gain legal protections previously not afforded to them under the law. The registry expects nearly 2,000 couples will register. The heavily Catholic country estimates that nearly two million people are “co-habitating,” but 1,600 have already registered. The new laws are surprising for the Latin American country as the government only legalized divorce in 200. Although only 25% of the people in the country are in favor of gay and lesbian marriage, a majority are in favor of the civil unions.