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 ilga.org
- 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)