Colombia says no to marriage, Mexico on path to legalize partner benefits

by on November 17, 2010  •  In Family law, Marriage

Mixed news from Latin America in the last week:

The Constitutional Court of Colombia rejected a petition to allow same-sex couples to marry. According to CNN:

Colombia's Constitutional Court voted 5-4 to dismiss a lawsuit arguing for a change in the country's civil code that would allow same-sex marriage in the South American country, claiming there was not sufficient evidence to proceed, CNN affiliate Caracol TV reported.

The lawsuit, filed in September 2009, aimed to change the definition in the country's civil code which defines marriage as "a solemn contract through which a man and a woman unite," Caracol said. Felipe Montoya, the lawyer who filed the suit, wanted judges to eliminate the expression "man and woman" from the code, Caracol reported. But the court ruled that the lawsuit did not have sufficient legal arguments for the court to take the case.

Closer to home, one chamber of the Mexican national legislature voted to extend social benefits to same-sex partners:

Mexico's House of Representatives has voted to amend social security rules to include medical and social benefits for same-sex couples. The vote Tuesday was 232 in favor and 58 against. The measure now goes to the Senate for debate.

The amendment deals with the Social Security Institute, which provides benefits to employees of private companies, and with a benefits program for government employees.

Unfortunately, I am unable to locate copies of the original documents in English, so am necessarily relying on news accounts. In Spanish, you can read the court decision or a longer report on the Mexican vote.


2 Responses to Colombia says no to marriage, Mexico on path to legalize partner benefits

  1. daftpunkydavid November 17, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    sorry to be a bit nitpicking, but as a colUmbia university student, i was somewhat surprised by the title of your post, by which you surely meant to talk about the republic of colOmbia.

  2. Nan Hunter November 18, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Good catch

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