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And Colombia Backs Off

Timothy Kincaid

June 20th, 2007

Colombia’s bill to recognize same-sex couples is not a go, after all.  A floor vote was called for when many supporters were absent.  And it seems the Catholic Church threatened Senators with being denied the sacraments and some of those who previously supported the bill got cold feet (or a fear of eternally hot feet).

So the race is still on for who will be the first Latin American country to grant same-sex couples rights and protections.  Will it be Costa Rica?  (Probably not.)

The Colombian bill will be reintroduced in July.

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Michael Airhart
June 20th, 2007 | LINK

Colombia’s federal government has only marginal control over regions outside Bogota and its environs.

The nation is in the midst of a 50-year, low-intensity civil war. Much of the country is governed by large landowners and their paramilitias, or by the rebel FARC movement. The war — financed on both sides by narcotics — has generated millions of refugees who are displaced both domestically and abroad.

Given those conditions, a bill to recognize same-sex couples seems mainly symbolic in scope to me. I applaud gay Colombians for seeking its passage, but I don’t see how the bill, if passed, would have had much impact in a nation of displaced people, death squads, and spotty governmental control.

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