News Brief: Colombia Embraces Marriage Equality
Colombia’s Constitutional Court formally decided that same-sex couples in the Latin American nation have a constitutional right to legally marry.
The 6-3 ruling finalized by the high court confirms that judges and notaries may not refuse to perform marriages between same-sex couples, reports Spanish-language Colombian newspaper Semana. The ruling formalizes a provisional decision handed down last month that found sexual orientation alone was not a sufficient legal reason to deny Colombian couples the right to wed. Advocates were encouraged by that provisional decision, which also dismissed an appeal by anti-equality forces.