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Colombian Senate Rejects Marriage Equality Bill 51-17

The Colombian Senate voted down a marriage equality bill yesterday, Reuters reports:

ColombiaThe bill was rejected by 51 out of 102 lawmakers in the Senate - with 17 in favor. The negative vote was widely expected, given that lawmakers from the ruling coalition had made an alliance to oppose the initiative.

Several hundred people rallied in Bogota's main colonial square as lawmakers debated the proposal to allow people of the same sex to marry. Colombians for and against the bill faced off in the Plaza Bolivar, with some critics of same-sex marriage waving banners that read: "1 man + 1 woman = marriage."

Colombia's Supreme Court issued a ruling in 2011 that requires the Congress to act on marriage equality by June 20, 2013, or else gay couples can apply for civil unions from notaries.

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  1. Looks like Brian Brown found his Next MOneymaker $$$ Destination.....

    Posted by: disgusted american | Apr 25, 2013 10:43:26 AM

  2. There is a positive on this:Colombian LGBT activists have been incensed by this failure and are already planning their next move.

    We knew the outcome of this beforehand -no surprise when the conservatives won yesterday... however the subject is getting a visibility it never had before ... Give us a little bit more time ...we are 49 million people takes time to change such a large amount of minds and hearts!

    Posted by: George F | Apr 25, 2013 11:12:32 AM

  3. george... you're telling US?? i've been at this for 50 years...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Apr 25, 2013 11:37:06 AM

  4. Considering the recent victories in New Zealand and Uruguay, this is very sad. However, it looks like activists are already planning their next it's not over yet.

    Posted by: | Apr 25, 2013 12:33:44 PM

  5. Best advice is to boycott Columbia in every way shape and form. No tourism, no Federal funding, no voluntary assistance, no online purchases and reject all Columbian pleas for favored status until they grant equality to all of its citizens, including their own LGBT community.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Apr 25, 2013 12:56:08 PM

  6. Boycott cocaine until everyone can marry!

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 25, 2013 1:03:59 PM

  7. colombia is an openly fascist country, a mafiacracy... while one feels sympathy and solidarity with the gay citizens of colombia, on a global scale this rejection vote could be regarded as an ironically positive development.

    Posted by: unokhan | Apr 25, 2013 1:08:41 PM

  8. Ha ha David Hearne! that's cruel and funny.

    Colombia is a complex country... very divided-its youth is overwhelmingly liberal in these matters- and unfortunately in the last decade has been politically hostage to conservative interests.

    @ bandanajack : let's keep the good work for another 50 years at least!

    Posted by: George F | Apr 25, 2013 1:31:01 PM

  9. No justice, no cocaine! No justice, no cocaine!

    Where would the gay community be without cocaine and meth? How many bars and clubs would have to shut down, and people lose their jobs?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 25, 2013 2:56:31 PM

  10. We all knew gay marriage would not be happening there any time soon.

    Posted by: Pigs | Apr 25, 2013 3:17:12 PM

  11. Hold Off On The Boycott Nonsense Unless You Idiots Are Ready To Boycott The USA and Other Countries Would Do not Nationally Recognize Marriage Equality. That's All :-)

    Posted by: Rex | Apr 25, 2013 3:18:32 PM

  12. Rex - I wasn't aware that America produces cocaine. Thanks for the enlightenment. Hand me that straw will you?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 26, 2013 12:41:45 AM

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