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Colombia’s Congress Has Two Years To Pass Gay Marriage Law

Colombia’s Supreme instructed the Congress to pass a gay marriage law within two years.

CNN has the report:

The issue of marriage for same-sex couples is a legislative matter that must be taken up in Colombia’s Congress, the nation’s Constitutional Court ruled in a move that activists saw as a victory, though the outcome remains to be seen.

The court did rule on Tuesday that gay couples in de facto unions constitute a family. Gay-rights supporters celebrated the ruling in the streets.

The court gave the Congress two years to legislate the status of same-sex marriages. If the deadline passes with no legislation, then same-sex couples will be able to formalize their unions before a notary public, the court said.

Colombia Report adds:

Reactions to the court’s decision were mixed among the Colombian LBGT community. Many gay Colombians were pleased that the court had insisted that they had a right to some form of union, but were dismayed that the court had sent the issue back to Congress.

A bill to recognize gay marriage has already been proposed and defeated six times in the Colombian Congress, and conservative politicians and the country’s organized religions remain opposed to recognizing gay marriage. Last week, representatives from the Catholic, Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Methodist, and Colombian Evangelical churches joined together to persuade the court not to recognize homosexual marriage rights.

Colombian congressmen appear to remain split on the issue. Juan Manuel Corzo, the conservative chairman of the Senate said that “the constitution is clear in arguing that marriage is between a man and a woman, not same-sex.”

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