On Friday, news broke that notaries were preparing for Congress to miss the June 20 deadline imposed by the Constitutional Court and that a draft civil unions contract was being circulated among them. The high court in 2011 ordered Congress to approve a law recognizing the relationships of gay couples before June 20. If a law is not approved by that date, then “gay couples can go to a notary and with the same solemnity of a heterosexual marriage enter a union similar to one between a heterosexual couple,” the court wrote.
Debate on the marriage equality bill has been raucous, with the Senate President favoring opponents of full equality:
Senate President Roy Barreras was accused of favoring opponents as the debate proceeded. Many of those who testified against passage of the measure made inflammatory statements against gay men and lesbians, but it was LGBT activists who Barreras accused of acting uncivil. Blogger Andres Duque was following live coverage of the debate. “Colombia Senate Prez Roy Barreras: We will not admit radical voices (after guy argued marriage equality = anal cancer),” he messaged on Wednesday to his more than 5,900 Twitter followers. “Colombian Senate President Roy Barreras, after saying he won’t admit radical voices, says children will be recruited.”
One way or another, gays and lesbians will receive relationship recognition rights by June, but full equality is always better.