LGBT rights in Colombia have progressed since consensual homosexual activity was decriminalized in 1980 with amendments to the Criminal Code. Between February 2007 and April 2008 three rulings of the Constitutional Court granted registered same-sex couples the same pension, social security and property rights as for registered heterosexual couples.


The Constitutional Court of Colombia have given the Colombian Congress until July 30, 2013 to legislate on equal marriage for same-sex couples. If after that date, Congress has not passed such legislation, or if it isn’t in force by then, Notary Publics are authorized to legalize them.

Despite a number of favorable Constitutional Court rulings on LGBT rights, there are no specific laws against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and police harassment of gays and lesbians has been a common occurrence.



Male to male relationships: Legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: No law

Female to female relationships: Legal

Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals

Marriage and substitutes for marriage: Equal/almost equal substitute nationally recognized

More on Colombian law at


Social climate

See more about the social climate in Colombia in this article at or in this shadow report from UNHRC.


LGBT organizations/networks

- Colombia Diversa

Colombia Diversa is a non governmental organization working for the rights of LGBT persons in Colombia. Its mission is to promote full inclusion, respect for the integrality of rights, recognition and mobilization of LGBT persons in economic, social, political and cultural spaces, as a contribution to building a democratic, modern and socially fair society.

More about Colombia Diversa in this article from IGLHRC (International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission)




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