Colombia says ‘I do’ to same-sex marriage

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The nation’s highest court concluded in a 6-3 decision that same-sex couples have a right to civil marriage.

Columbia has taken a massive step towards equality this week as magistrates of Columbia’s Constitutional court ruled against a proposed ruling that would have defined marriage as just between a man and a woman.

Prior to Thursday’s court decision, Gay Colombians could enter into civil unions, but had to prove that they had been in a relationship for a certain period of time before obtaining any legal benefit – this added an extra obstacle that heterosexual couples didn’t have to contend with.

Magistrate Alberto Rojas stated:  “All human beings have the fundamental right to be married with no discrimination.”

A group of marriage equality activists celebrated outside of the court after the decision was made, chanting: “Yes sir, I will get married because here in Colombia the law now allows me to.”

The ruling means Colombia is the fourth Latin American nation to fully allow same-sex marriage after Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. Several Mexican states have also passed regulations allowing same-sex marriage.

It was expected that the court would announce a verdict on marriage in November after ruling that same-sex couples have a right to adopt children, but justices postponed the case saying they needed more time to consider it.

Words Georgia Pearce

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