May 25, 2020 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Colombia grants same-sex marriage rights

2000px-Naval_Ensign_of_Colombia.svg

BY STAFF  |  Colombia’s Supreme Court equivalent has given a green-light that paves the way for same-sex marriage rights in the mostly Catholic South American nation.

The court voted six to three against a proposed ruling that the term marriage and the benefits it offers applies only to unions of one man and one woman.   

“All human beings … have the fundamental right to be married with no discrimination,” argued magistrate Alberto Rojas who voted against the proposed ruling and will now write up the majority decision making gay marriage legal.

With the ruling Colombia will become the fourth Latin American nation to offer same-sex marriages, joining Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Mexico City and several Mexican states have also passed regulations allowing gay marriage and Mexico’s high court has ruled such unions must be recognized nationwide.

A 2011 constitutional court recognized same-sex couples and ordered congress to specifically provide gay couples the same rights offered to heterosexual marriages. But lawmakers failed to pass a law by the June 2013 deadline the court had set, leaving gay couples only with the ability to formalize their unions by notary and where possible by order of a friendly judge.

 Many were told that they could not be married.

“We are super happy,” said Luis Felipe Rodríguez, a gay rights activist in Cali who challenged the court’s 2011 ruling to British newspaper The Guardian. “This is a victory against all the conservative political parties, against the Catholic church and everyone who tried to block our rights.”

“This decision tells all those conservatives that equality is unstoppable,” he said.

The court has delayed debate on the issue of gay marriage eight times since August 2015.

The court had already ruled last year that gay couples can adopt children. 

Today’s decision makes it clear that no officiant could refuse to marry a same-sex couple.

in NEWS, WORLD
Related Posts

Requiring CA to Collect Data on COVID-19’s Health Impacts on the LGTBQ Community?

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Currently, California collects data on COVID-19’s impacts on different races/ethnicities; SB 932 would expand this data collection to include the...

How COVID-19 Impacts Black LGBTQ+ People

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Amidst horrifying racial disparities, “COVID While Black and Queer” is a new data initiative that will shine a light on...

PBS Celebrates Pride Month with PRIDELAND

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

Short-Form Digital Series and New One-Hour Special with Host and Actor Dyllón Burnside, Exploring LGBTQ+ Identity in the U.S. South...

Covid-19 & HIV: Who Are You Choosing To Be?

May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020

By Staff Writer A free zoom seminar this Friday, May 15, 2020 from 12:00-2:00pm. This weeks event covers Covid-19, HIV:...

CA Attorney General Urges FDA to Eliminate Bias Against Gay and Bisexual Men for Blood Donations

April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a multistate coalition in submitting comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human...

Over 1,000 COVID-19 Cases Confirmed as WEHO’s Rate Continues to Rise

April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed over 1,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus...

GLAAD to Host COVID-19 Event Featuring Pete Buttigieg and More

April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020

LAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced that Billy Porter, Pete &...

Over 500 Medical Professionals Sign Letter The FDA To Eliminate Ban On Gay And Bisexual Men Donating Blood

April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today released an open letter penned by over...

Lawmakers Ask State and Counties to Collect Data on LGBTQ Community and COVID-19

April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria, Chair and Vice-Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus respectively, sent...

WeHo’s High COVID-19 Rate

April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020

City of West Hollywood has highest rate of COVID-19 in LA Countywide, LGBTQ population at risk By Sam Catanzaro As...

Elderly LGBT people in California at high risk for COVID-19 illness

April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020

By Staff Writer 162,000 LGB and 9,000 transgender elderly people in California at high risk for COVID-19 illness, according to...

Los Angeles LGBT Center on Coronavirus Resources

March 22, 2020

March 22, 2020

The Los Angeles LGBT Center has released the following recommendations for members of the LGBTQ+ community during the novel coronavirus...

West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

57-year-old mayor in self-quarantine By James Mills West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico has tested positive for the coronavirus. West Hollywood...

Coronavirus’ Added Risk for LGBTQ+ Communities

March 17, 2020

March 17, 2020

More than 100 LGBTQ+ organizations have signed an open letter outlining the added risk the novel coronavirus poses on the...

Long Beach Pride Postponed

March 17, 2020

March 17, 2020

Event to be rescheduled for later in the year By James Mills Amid coronavirus concerns, both LA Pride and Long...