Intro: For the past three years, Colombia has made important and steady progress in recognizing LGBT individuals and couples. Three comments and an interview attest to this positive development. But caution is still advised for LGBT people as the country is a typical ‘macho’ Latino culture not inclined to favor homosexuality. Story edited by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com January 2011 Also see: Gay Colombia News & Reports 2001 to Present Gay Colombia web sites: http://www.guiagaycolombia.com/ http://www.misscolombiagaymedellin.com/ Overview of LGBT Scene in Colombia April 17, 2008 Colombia has once again made news in its search for social justice on planet earth, with this decision of the constitutional court. The court considered that the same pension system presently in force is applicable to same-sex couples. With this decision, the court has continued down the road it started on last year, when it made man-woman couples that lived together the same as same-sexSee the Full Version Here
Colombia, South America
With an area more than twice that of France Colomba has the second largest population in South America, after Brazil. Colombia has the third largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico and Spain. In recent years, the country has continued to be plagued by the effects of the drug trade, guerrilla insurgencies like FARC and paramilitary groups. During the presidency of Álvaro Uribe, who was elected on the promise of applying military pressure on the FARC and other outlawed groups, security indicators have improved.
LGBT rights in Colombia have progressed since consensual homosexual activity was decriminalized in 1980 with amendments to the Criminal Code. Between February 2007 and April 2008 three rulings of the Constitutional Court granted registered same-sex couples the same pension, social security and property rights as for registered heterosexual couples. Law reforms in the 1990s equalized the age of consent in Colombia at 14 for both homosexual and heterosexual sex. Colombia and Uruguay are the only two countries in Latin America that grant same sex couples a nation-wide legal mechanism to register and protect the rights of their civil unions.
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Colombia, South America
Capital: Bogota - Pop. 6780000
Area: 1141748 sq. km. / sq. miles.
Religion: Roman Catholic
Status of Homosexuality: Legal
Telephone Country Code: 57