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Colombia’s highest court paves way for gay marriage

Colombia’s highest court paves way for gay marriage

Headquarters of Colombia's judiciary are in Palace of Justice in Bogotá.

Same-sex couples have the right to marry in Colombia, the South American country’s highest court ruled on Thursday (7 April).

The 6-3 ruling by Colombia’s Constitutional Court comes nine months after hearings on the issue and more than five months after the same court extended adoption rights to same-sex couples.

The court had begun to set the stage for their most recent ruling in 2011.

It was then that the court gave lawmakers two years to pass a bill that would give same-sex couples the same benefits opposite sex couples get through marriage.

The court stated then that if lawmakers failed to do so – which they did – then same-sex couples could register their relationships as civil unions.

Colombia joins Argentina and just a handful of other nations in Latin America in allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.