Pension Rights On Hold

Colombia Gives Gay Couples Insurance Coverage

Good news for Colombia’s queers:

Gays in Colombia may add their partners to health insurance plans, the nation’s highest court has ruled, building on an earlier decision granting inheritance rights to same-sex couples.

Friday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court cannot be appealed.

Colombia Diversa, which defends the rights of sexual minorities, says the country has 300,000 gay couples.

The government’s still pondering pension rights. Gay rights activists, however, haven’t given up the good fight. Says Virgilio Barco, “It looks like the only way for us to enact this last provision will be through another appeal to the Constitutional Court.” Regardless, Friday’s ruling pushes the South American nation in the right direction.