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Colombia legalizes gay marriage

Colombia's high court legalizes gay marriage.
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Colombia has just legalized same-sex marriage.

The South American country follows Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and other Latin America territories in allowing men and women to join together in legal matrimony despite their genders.

Six of the nine top court judges approved the constitutional change saying, “All people are free to choose independently to start a family in keeping with their sexual orientation…receiving equal treatment under the constitution and the law.”

Argentina was the first South American country to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2010.

Couples were allowed to have a civil partnership in Colombia previous to the Thursday’s high court ruling.

Presiding judge Maria Victoria Calle told the court, “The judges affirmed by a majority that marriage between people of the same sex does not violate constitutional order.”

She adds, “The current definition of the institution of marriage in civil law applies to them in the same way as it does for couples of the same sex.”

The decision will officially be recorded as a binding constitutional right within the next month, making it a legally binding mandate.