Great news from our neighbor in Latin America. Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. The 6-3 decision is the result of hearings that took place in 2015.
According to the The Washington Blade, the legal fight for marriage rights in Colombia began more than five years ago:
The court in 2011 ruled that same-sex couples could register their relationships within two years if Colombian lawmakers did not pass a bill that would extend to the same benefits heterosexuals receive through marriage. Legislators in the South American country subsequently defeated a same-sex marriage bill. A handful of gay and lesbian couples in Bogotá and other Colombian cities have exchanged vows since the court’s deadline passed in 2013. Inspector General Alejandro Ordóñez Maldonado has challenged the rulings that allowed them to marry.