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Colombia legalises gay marriage

Do Not UseDo Not Use 29/04/2016
LGBT rights activist celebrate a Constitutional Court decision to give gay couples marriage rights, outside the Justice Palace in Bogota, Colombia.: LGBT activists celebrated in Bogota earlier this month after an appeal against gay marriage was rejected © AP LGBT activists celebrated in Bogota earlier this month after an appeal against gay marriage was rejected

Colombia's top court has legalised same-sex marriage, making the country the fourth in Latin America to do so.

Gay couples were already allowed to form civil partnerships, but Thursday's ruling extends them the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

Earlier this month the constitutional court dismissed a judge's petition against equal marriage rights for heterosexual and homosexual couples.

Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have previously legalised same-sex marriage.

Argentina was the first Latin American country to take the step in July 2010.

In Mexico, gay marriage is legal in the capital and in certain states.

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