Three gay men recognized as family in Colombia


Three gay men in Colombia, Actor Victor Hugo Prada and his two partners, journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez and sports instructor John Alejandro Rodriguez, have created the first polyamorous family which is legally recognized in the country. They’ve got documents which establish them as a family with inheritance rights in the eyes of the law. Lawyer and gay rights activist German Rincon Perfetti has said that they are not the only such family in the country but they are pioneers in legal recognition. Colombia became the fourth South American country to legalise same-sex marriage when it passed the law in April last year. In 2011, it was made legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, in an attempt to tackle anti-LGBT discrimination. While in a civil union, same-sex couples were entitled to pension and health benefits and to set up inheritance payments for their partner – but it was not legally recognised as a marriage. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and his government made same-sex marriage legal in the face of opposition from the influential Catholic Church.


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