Colombia's High Court Imposes Civil Unions, Denies Right to Marry


An update from LifeSiteNews:

Colombia’s Constitutional Court has issued a decision [late last week] declaring that homosexual couples constitute a “family,” but stopping short of giving them a right to “marry” each other.

In a decision issued yesterday evening, the Court decreed that the issue of “matrimony” between two people of the same sex is a matter for the National Congress to decide, and gave legislators two years to take up the issue.

... The jurists decreed that if the Congress does not pass legislation on the matter within that period,  “the next day, same-sex couples will be able to go to a notary and legalize their union.”

... Although the Constitution expressly states that marriage is a union of a man and a woman, the president of the Court denied the relevance of that clause in the Constitution, claiming that it “does not mean that couples of the same sex are excluded from doing the same.”