Tag Archives: Colombia

VENEZUELA: President Survives Assassination Attempt, Blames Colombia And US Expats In Florida [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has survived an apparent assassination attempt after what officials described as drones armed with explosives detonated overhead during a speech he was making at a military event. The drones, according to officials, were flown towards Maduro as he addressed soldiers in Caracas on Saturday. Mid-speech, Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up …

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COLOMBIA: 76 Killed In Charter Plane Crash

CBS News reports: A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division soccer team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 76 people, Colombian officials said Tuesday. Only four people are believed to have survived. The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency at 10 …

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Colombia Sees First Same-Sex Marriage [VIDEO]

Michael Lavers reports at the Washington Blade: Two men on Tuesday became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Colombia. Fernando Quimbayo and José Ticora, who have been together for two years, exchanged vows before a registrar in the city of Cali. El País, a Colombian newspaper, posted a video of the ceremony on its website. Colombia’s constitutional court …

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COLOMBIA: Constitutional Court Finalizes Marriage Ruling, Weddings To Commence Soon [VIDEO]

The Perchy Bird reports: On April 7th, Colombia’s Constitutional Court defeated a proposal from one of its conservative magistrates that would have barred same-sex couples from marrying on a vote of 6-3. The LGBT community and many supporters around the country rejoiced, but a successful counter-opinion from another magistrate in favor of expanding the right to marry was needed to …

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Levis Congratulates Colombia On Marriage

Two days ago the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled 6-3 to legalize same-sex marriage and while some formalities remain ahead before weddings can commence, Levis yesterday extended their congratulations with a cheeky hanky code image.

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BREAKING: Colombian Constitutional Court APPROVES Same-Sex Marriage In Landmark 6-3 Ruling

In a ruling that was widely anticipated, today the Colombian Constitution Court issued a landmark 6-3 ruling which legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide. Today’s ruling follows a 2011 decision which declared that unions between same-sex couples fall under the government’s definition of families. You can find Spanish-language reporting on today’s ruling here and here. I’ll update this post shortly when we …

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COLOMBIA: Marriage Victory Expected Next Week

JMG reader Luis reports at The Perchy Bird: In Colombia, several media outlets have reported that a 20-page Constitutional Court opinion that will bring marriage equality to the country is ready and only awaits a meeting to cast a Court vote. According to them, sources close to the Court say that the magistrates will vote against one conservative judge’s proposal …

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COLOMBIA: Marriage Equality Ruling Due Tomorrow

Tomorrow Colombia may join Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay and become the fourth South American nation to legalize same-sex marriage. From our very own Perchy Bird: Originally, the [Supreme] Court’s website wrote that the debate on the issue of whether gay couples can marry and if existing marriages performed by civil court judges should be annulled was planned on February 4th, …

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COLOMBIA: High Court Approves Gay Adoption

The local Catholic Church is very unhappy. The Associated Press reports: In a historic decision, Colombia’s constitutional court opened the door Wednesday for same-sex couples to legally adopt children in the conservative South American nation. In the 6-2 ruling, the court said adoption agencies can’t discriminate against gay, lesbian and transsexual couples during an adoption process. Colombia’s Roman Catholic Church …

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COLOMBIA: Top Court Considers Marriage

J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed: Colombia’s top court held a day-long hearing on Thursday on whether it should interpret its constitution as giving marriage rights to same-sex couples — framing the debate in a wider discussion about whether international standards now dictate that marriage equality is a fundamental right. The hearing comes five weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court …

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COLOMBIA: Interior Minister Vows To Soon Make Same-Sex Marriage Legal

Colombian Interior Minister Juan Cristo yesterday vowed to soon make same-sex marriage legal. Via Gay Star News: “The government supports the fight for equality and we will adopt measures providing equal marriage rights for all,” Cristo said at the Andes University in Bogota on Thursday, as reported by Efe. He said he would not submit to the mercy of the …

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Colombian YouTube Star Has Two Moms

Adoption by same-sex couples is presently before the courts in Colombia and this weekend local YouTube star Sebastian Villalobos, 19, who has 1.2M subscribers, revealed that he has two moms. The clip below has gone viral and already has over half a million views. The full Villalobos family appears at the 8:00 mark. Earlier this month the Colombian Constitutional Court …

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COLOMBIA: Constitutional Court Grants Limited Adoption Rights To Gay Couples

Progress in Colombia: The Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that a lesbian woman,could adopt her long-time partner’s daughter, since the child in question was the biological child of one of the two partners. The court said Ana Leiderman, who underwent artificial insemination to conceive her daughter, and raised her with Veronica Botero, had the right to request an adoption by …

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Meet Colombia’s Trans Football Club

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Colombian President Endorses Marriage

“Marriage between homosexuals to me is perfectly acceptable and what’s more I am defending unions that exist between two people of the same sex with the rights and all of the same privileges that this union should receive. If these unions are called marriage or not is secondary to me. For me it is important that they have their rights. …

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HomoQuotable – Javier Suarez Pascagaza

“We do not see [gays] as being a family or married or an integral part of the social fabric but as needing clinical, psychiatric, medical and spiritual care, if possible, to help acknowledge their condition so that they can reverse it and recover their gender identity. I don’t think God created homosexuals. That would be an evil God.” – Colombia’s …

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COLOMBIA: Judges Declare That Two Couples Are Married, Gov’t To Appeal

Blabbeando‘s Andres Duque reports a development in Colombia’s complicated journey towards marriage equality: In a surprising statement released on Wednesday, Colombian attorney and long-time LGBT-rights advocate Germán Humerto Rincón Perfetti announced that a civil court judge had declared Julio Albeiro Cantor Borbón and William Alberto Castro Franco “united in civil matrimony” in a ceremony that took place on September 20th. …

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COLOMBIA: First Civil Union Performed

Colombia saw its first legal civil union yesterday. Or maybe it was a marriage. Nobody is sure. The newly legalized couple cheered the ceremony as a marriage, although experts cautioned that a high court ruling that deemed the union legal did not make it the equivalent of marriage. “We are civilly married,” Gonzalo Ruiz, 44, told The Associated Press just …

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COLOMBIA: High Court Rebukes Campaign To Block Same-Sex Marriages

Colombia’s Constitutional Court has told Inspector General Alejandro Ordóñez to drop his campaign to block same-sex marriages. J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed: Ordoñez had been threatening disciplinary action against any official who took up this authority. His case was based on the fact that the court’s ruling did not specifically say that couples can “marry,” nor did it directly …

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Judge OK’s Colombia’s First Gay Marriage

Michael Lavers has more at the Washington Blade: Caracol Radio reported that Carmen Lucía Rodríguez Díaz, a civil judge in Bogotá, the country’s capital, “defended the viability of marriage for gay couples” in a five page ruling she wrote after a couple identified as Diego and Juan petitioned her to legally recognize their relationship. The two men are expected to …

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