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Colombia high courts paves way for gay marriage rights

08 April 2016, 10:06

Bogota — Colombia's highest court is paving the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation.

Gay couples in Colombia were already allowed to form civil unions. But Thursday's Constitutional Court ruling by a 6-3 vote would give gay couples marriage rights as well. Activists with the support of President Juan Manuel Santos had argued that denying same-sex couples the right to wed is discriminatory.

Also read: Romanian Church: marriage only between man, woman

Only a handful of nations in Latin America allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, including Argentina.

Colombia's progressive court had already shown its willingness to expand the rights of same-sex couples when it ruled last year that gay couples can adopt children.

- AP


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