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 last month ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry in the South American country.

Jorge Enrique Vélez, who oversees Colombia’s notaries and registrars, told them last week that they must comply with the ruling.

“We must comply with this decision of the court,” he said in a bulletin, according to the Colombian website “You must respect the law and I am simply reminding you that there is no conscious objection and the process is the same as it is for a heterosexual marriage.”