Chileans on Tuesday celebrated as the Congress passed a law to legalize same-sex marriage, a milestone for the conservative South American nation, where the legal battle began a decade ago.
The legalization comes as Chile's Senate and lower house of parliament both voted heavily in favor of the bill on Tuesday, which had only been partially approved in November, before the Senate sent it back to clarify some ambiguities.
President Sebastian Pinera, who has backed the bill is expected to sign it into law soon, as Chile is set to become just one of just over 20 countries worldwide to legalize same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile,.. LGBTQ rights activists in Japan also celebrated, as they hailed Tokyo's move to introduce a same-sex partnership system.
Under the system, same-sex partners can register their relationship, and gain some of the privileges that are given to married couples.
While it does fall short of a legal marriage, Tokyo's move to adopt the partnership system is being seen as a huge step towards the country possibly legalizing same-sex marriage in the future.
Currently Japan is the only G7 country that does not fully recognize same-sex marriage.