Colombia becomes fourth Latin American country to allow gay marriage


Same-sex couples in Colombia will be able to marry after a ruling from the country's highest court.

LGBT rights activists Sandra Rojas, left, and Adriana Gonzalez celebrate a Constitutional Court decision to give gay couples marriage rights
(Fernando Vergara/AP/PA)

Lesbian and gay couples in the conservative Roman Catholic nation were already allowed to form civil unions. But Thursday's ruling by the Constitutional Court for the first time allows them to wed like heterosexual couples.

Colombia joins only a handful of nations in Latin America allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, including Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

The decision was widely expected after a 6-3 decision earlier this month rejected a judge's opinion that would have stopped same-sex unions from being registered as marriages.

President Juan Manuel Santos' government argued in favour of marriage rights for gay couples.