Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Colombia: Testimony

July 2015

The Constitutional Court of Colombia addresses whether it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.

  • Nan D. Hunter
    Professor, Georgetown Law

Petitioners asked the Court to decide whether same-sex couples in Colombia are entitled to enter into a publicly recognized civil marriage in Columbia and whether the authority to decide such an issue lies with the courts or with the legislative body.

Same-sex couples in Colombia would gain the right to marry nationwide if the Court were to decide that denial of marriage for same-sex couples violates the Colombian Constitution.

This testimony describes the history of marriage equality in the US and draws parallels between the evolution of constitutional protections in the US and Colombia. The brief concludes that the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Colombian Constitution include same-sex couples’ right to marry.

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Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Colombia: Testimony