|Raquel Perez Andrade, ILGA-LAC equipo de comunicacion|
The Constitutional Court of Colombia did not listen to calls to homophobia. The Constitutional Court of Colombia’s ruling gave the Colombian Congress until July 30, 2013 time to legislate on equal marriage for same-sex couples. If after that date, Congress has not passed such legislation, or if it isn’t in force by then, Notary Publics are authorized to legalize them.
Germán Humberto Rincón-Perfetti, a Colombian lawyer, who has been acting as an ordinary citizen intervened as representative of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (www.ilga.org) and the Latin-American Delegate of the International Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association (www.ILGLaw.org) declared: Curiously the Court made the date so far off considering that the Congress should legislate on the matter. Six times the Congress has shelved bills on gay subjects due to problems of religious contamination. For the seventh time the process of passing a bill will begin, and, if no favorable decision is made, the Court ruling will go into effect.
Colombia joins the group of countries that have approved gay marriage:
Holland (2001), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005) South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), Sweden (2009), Portugal (2010), Iceland (2010), Argentina (2010) Mexico (2010) Brazil (2011)
The USA, in some states: Massachusetts (2004), Connecticut (2008), Iowa (2009), Vermont (2009), New Hampshire (2010), Washington (2010), New York (2011)
Germán Humberto Rincón Perfetti
Latin American Representative of the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association www.ILGLaw.org
Alternate Regional Gay Representative: ILGA-LAC ILGA www.ILGA.org