Colombia: Senate Debates Marriage Equality Bill, Delays Vote Until Wednesday

Written by scott on April 23rd, 2013

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The Colombian Senate finally started its marriage equality debate today. reports:

A Towleroad reader in Colombia writes me that chances are very slim for the bill today. It must pass with at least 51 votes and neither side has enough. His prediction is that the bill will die because of a deficit of votes on either side and the law will be in a sort of limbo because the Supreme Court has ruled that Congress must legislate on the issue before June. Which may mean another court battle.

As the debate started inside, the marriage equality activists rallied outside. Pink News reports:

Rainbow flags are out in force in Bogota ahead of a vote by the Senate, which is considering a marriage equality bill today. The Senate was due to vote on the issue last Thursday but the vote was re-scheduled to today.

And Joe.My.God says it’s not just activists outside the Senate:

Colombia’s Senate is expected to vote down its marriage equality bill today after a debate which is scheduled to begin within the hour of this writing. Despite that prediction, today Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro ordered the above banner to be unfurled over city hall as LGBT activists demonstrated outside.

The actual vote won’t happen until tomorrow:

The vote has been delayed until tomorrow due to the debate running so late.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow – fingers crossed.


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