Colombian couple spark outrage at ‘gay’ Christmas scene

Gay activist couple have caused controversy after they displayed a 'gay' nativity scene, featuring two Josephs and no Mary

Colombian couple spark outrage at ‘gay’ Christmas scene
15 December 2012

A gay couple in Colombia have sparked the outrage of Conservative Christians after displaying a ‘gay’ Christmas scene outside their home.

Andrés Vásquez, a political analyst, and Felipe Cárdenas, an entrepreneur, decorated their Bogóta home with a nativity scene featuring two Josephs but no Virgin Mary surrounding the baby Jesus.

Neighbors were apparently not ready to embrace the inclusive Christmas, as they took to social media to disparage the display and berate the couple.

The national Catholic Church has even issued a statement condemning the display as ‘sacrilege’.

Vasquez said: ‘We did it because we believe in Colombia. We live in different cities of the world and prefer to return to our country. We are starting to build through this new union.’

Colombia Reports describe the two men as ‘gay rights activists’ who are hoping that displaying the alternative nativity scene would help move the country forward on marriage equality.

Four years ago, Vasquez and Cárdenas celebrated their union, the closest gay couples can get to marriage in Colombia.

Last year, the nation’s Constitutional Court ruled Colombia must extend marriage rights to same-sex couples within two years.

Under the ruling, Congress must create an equivalent of marriage for gay couples by 20 June 2013, or else couples will automatically gain the right to go to any judge or notary public to formalize their union.

Currently, the same-sex marriage bill is in the first stage of making its way through government with the hopes it will be legalized early 2013.

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