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World Update: Colombia Legalises Same-Sex Marriage

Colombia has become the fourth South American country to allow same-sex marriage after a ruling by the country's constitutional court.

Colombia has become the fourth South American country to allow same-sex marriage after a ruling by the country's constitutional court.


The Catholic country follows Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay in formally recognising the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

"The judges affirmed by a majority that marriage between people of the same sex does not violate constitutional order," presiding Judge Maria Victoria Calle told the court.

Gay couples were already allowed to form civil partnerships, but Thursday's ruling extends them the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

Earlier this month the constitutional court dismissed a judge's petition against equal marriage rights for heterosexual and homosexual couples
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