Colombia: Court-Mandated Marriage Equality Deadline Approaching

Written by scott on June 18th, 2013

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As the Colombian legislature dithers, a court-set deadline to allow couples to register their relationships is fast approaching. The Washington Blade reports:

The country’s Constitutional Court in 2011 ruled gays and lesbians can legally register their relationships after June 20 if lawmakers failed to extend to them the same benefits heterosexuals receive through marriage. The Colombian Senate in April overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have allowed same-sex couples to tie the knot in the South American country. Marcela Sanchez Buitrago, executive director of Colombia Diversa, an LGBT advocacy group, told the Washington Blade on Monday that some notaries have already said they will not marry same-sex couples after the court’s deadline passes.

It’s not clear whether gays and lesbians will actually be able to marry, or will be too they can enter into a contract wit one another that is not marriage.

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