Target: President of the Constitutional Court of Colombia Maria Victoria Calle Correa
Goal: Applaud ruling defining same-sex marriage as constitutional and legal in Colombia.
The Colombian Constitutional Court has upheld the validity of same-sex marriage in a victory for the rights of LGBT people in Colombia. The constitutional court, which heard arguments in the case in July 2015, voted 6-3 in favor of recognizing the right for same-sex married couples to be afforded the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples. The ruling, which takes effect in ten days, ends over two years of uncertainty over the legality of same-sex marriage in Colombia due to the inability of the Colombian Congress to pass legislation on the subject. This left the recognition of same-sex unions up to the discretion judges and notaries a situation that LGBT rights activists say resulted in a culture of arbitrary discrimination.
This is an important step forwards in ensuring equal rights for same-sex couples in Colombia and a landmark ruling for human rights in the country. The ruling means that same-sex marriage is legal in four out of twelve of the countries in South America–Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay–with same-sex unions of other kinds being recognized in Chile and Ecuador. Sign our petition and applaud Judge Maria Victoria Calle Correa, the president of the Colombian Constitutional Court, for a ruling that will better ensure that all Colombians enjoy the same rights.
Dear Judge Correa,
I was happy to hear of the April 28 ruling guaranteeing the same rights to same-sex couples as are afforded to heterosexual couples. This ruling is a significant step forward for human rights in Colombia. I would like to congratulate the court for upholding equal rights for all Colombians and for acting to fill the legislative void left by the inaction of congress.
With this ruling, Colombia joins three other South American states in recognizing same-sex marriages and on the right side of history. However, more important are the lives that will be improved by this ruling. Many Colombians in committed relationships have been denied the right to marry and many of the rights dependent on marriage due to the uncertainty regarding same-sex marriage. This is a victory not only for human rights, but for the rule of law in Colombia as the lack of clarity in the law led the law to be applied and interpreted in a highly inconsistent way depending on the personal convictions of public officials.
So, again, I applaud this ruling and hope that this is just one of many steps to come toward equal rights for all Colombians.
[Your Name Here]
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