The highest court of Colombia has given a green signal to gay couples who wish to seal their relationship with marriage.
The constitutional court’s magistrates cast their votes to show their agreement or disagreement on the ruling about same-sex marriage. The voting was conducted on the ruling that marriage was an association between a man and a woman and it was not something to be decided by the court but by the state authorities. The justice’s opinion was rejected with 6 against 3 votes, thereby showing the majority of people’s support for the same-sex marriage proposal.
In Colombia, same-sex relationships have been evident. The conservative Roman Catholic nation allowed gay people to form a civil union and enjoy inheritance benefits as much as in traditional marriages between people of different sex, but there was no formal approval given to same-sex associations prior to this constitutional court’s ruling.
Now, when the highest court of Colombia has given a green signal to gay marriage, it is expected that the notion will be official in the coming weeks. “Love triumphed,” one of the LGBTI activists David Alonso, 25, said outside the court as quoted by ABC News. “This is a historical debt that is finally being settled.”
In addition, a small marriage activists group appreciated the court’s proceedings and celebrated this occasion. “Yes sir, I will get married because here in Colombia the law now allows me to,” they chanted.
With this same-sex marriage ruling, Colombia has now become the fourth Latin American country to officially support the marriages in the LGBTI community. Prior to this, Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina have allowed equality in the consecration of marriage. There are several Mexican states that are awaiting verdicts relating to their proposal to allow gay marriages.
Colombia has always been in support of the LGBT community. This is evident from the nation’s ruling in 2015 where it allowed gay couples to adopt children. Even before that, in 2011, The Guardian reported that the nation ordered Congress to frame rules that would not only allow same-sex people to form civil unions, but also enable them to remain non-discriminated in the society.