Colombia Recognizes First Same-Sex Civil Union
July 25, 2013 by Carolyn Simon, Deputy Director of Digital Media
On Wednesday, a gay Colombian couple exchanged vows in the country’s first legal same-sex civil union.
“We are civilly married,” said Gonzalo Ruiz, 44, following the ceremony with his partner, Carlos Hernando Rivera, 57. Ruiz and Rivera have been together for two decades.
The Constitutional Court ordered lawmakers in 2011 to pass a marriage equality law by June 20, 2013. If they failed to do so, same-sex couples could enter into civil unions.
Many of Colombia’s marriage benefits were extended to same-sex couples in 2007.
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