The Colombian Senate decides to suspend marriage equality vote until Tuesday (23 April) by a vote of 35-30. Only 65 senators attended the vote out of the Senate’s 102 members. During an intense discussion that started today (17 April) at 5pm local time, the Senate unexpectedly postponed the vote on the equal marriage bill. The decision was made following a proposal of the Senator Juan Restrepo of the ruling ‘U’ party, who pointed out that the debate ‘was very important’ for country’s future and that therefore it should be delayed.
The Colombian Parliament is under the gun to pass the law, as a court order has given them until June 30th to do so or gay and lesbian couples will automatically be granted all the rights of marriage.
They had almost two years to do so and have waited, almost literally, until the last minute.