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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Comes Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

juan-manuel-santosLGBT people in Colombia were granted property rights, social security and pension equal to heterosexuals back in 2008, and guaranteed federal “equal rights” by the country’s Constitutional Court in 2011, though they haven’t been able to marry due to the fact that same-sex marriage wasn’t explicitly named as a “right” in the decision.

But Colombian marriage equality could now be on the fast track, as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has officially come out in support of same-sex marriage in a Google Hangout, held this week as part of his reelection campaign.

BuzzFeed translates:

“Marriage between homosexuals seems to me perfectly acceptable, and what’s more I defend unions between two people of the same sex with the same rights and all the same privileges that this union should have. Whether this union is called marriage or not for me is secondary — for me, what is important is that they have their rights.”

Though his proclamation is still considered “ambiguous” by activists, BuzzFeed notes that both of Santos’ opposing candidates have clearly come out in support of marriage equality. So, a win-win situation?

Colombia’s upcoming Presidential election takes place on May 25.

By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           May 23, 2014
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  • 2 Comments
    • Daniel-Reader
      Daniel-Reader

      There have been court cases and as a result in the end the Registrar General instructed registrars across the country to record the proceedings of civil marriage for same-sex couples who have been duly granted through judicial proceedings.

      May 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      Once most not forget! the great country of Colombia, is still D.E.K.C.U.F UP catholic.

      May 24, 2014 at 7:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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