Same-sex marriage is now legal in Columbia

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A gay couple kisses during a protest by the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual (LGTB) community demanding for their rigths --including gay marriage-- at the Bolivar Square in Bogota on November 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

The highest court in Colombia has paved the way for same-sex marriage by ruling in favour of equality this Thursday (Apr. 28). Gay couples in Columbia already had a right of civil unions but now they are allowed to be recognized by law as married if they want to.

The court previously ruled in 2011 that same-sex couples should be allowed the same rights as opposite-sex couples when it comes to marriage. Congress was given two years to pass legislation to legalise equal marriage. When that didn’t happen, same-sex couples began filing marriage licences, and eventually brought a legal challenge.

So now the Human Right Campaign claims that this is a big win. “Today’s ruling by Colombia’s Constitutional Court marks an important moment for LGBT Colombians, and we congratulate the country’s many LGBT advocates who helped make this day possible,” said Jean Freedberg, Deputy Director of HRC Global. Following victories for LGBT advocates in Ireland in May and in the United States in June, today’s ruling makes clear that global momentum for marriage equality has continued to grow, and we’re hopeful that other nations will provide same-sex couples the right to marry the person they love in the year ahead.”

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