Colombia: Senate Defies Courts, Votes Down Marriage Equality Bill

Written by scott on April 24th, 2013

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Bucking both a Supreme Court ruling and the undeniable trend worldwide toward marriage equality, the Colombian Senate voted down a gay marriage bill by a 3-1 margin today. Pink News reports:

The decision by the Senate directly defies a previous ruling by the Supreme Court that it must allow equal marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. The vote was 51-17 against, a day after Senators debated on the issue, and Rainbow flags were out in force in Bogota, in pro-equality demonstrations. In 2001, the Colombian Constitutional Court issued a ruling that required politicians to ‘repair the deficit of legal protection’ for same-sex couples in the country by the 20 June 2013 or same-sex couples would be granted the right to marry. However, in 2009, a court ruled that this would not mean the right to adopt, as straight couples have the right to do.

What’s next? The Washington Blade reports:

The Constitutional Court in 2011 issued a ruling that said the country’s Congress must pass legislation within two years that extends the same benefits heterosexuals receive through marriage to same-sex couples. Gays and lesbians can legally register their unions if lawmakers fail to act on this judicial mandate by June 20.

Not sure exactly what that means, though – marriage? Domestic partnership?


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