Why Colombia’s Peace Process Could Mean Trouble for LGBT Rights

Colombians celebrate a Supreme Court ruling that adoption agencies can’t discriminate against sexual minority couples, Bogota, Nov. 5, 2015 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
Colombians celebrate a Supreme Court ruling that adoption agencies can’t discriminate against sexual minority couples, Bogota, Nov. 5, 2015 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).

Last month, Colombia’s Congress rejected a referendum that would have prohibited same-sex couples from adopting children. The measure had previously passed the Senate but was defeated during its first debate in the lower chamber, the House of Representatives. LGBT activists hailed the vote as a remarkable affirmation of the rights of same-sex couples in Colombia, where legal victories for same-sex marriage, adoption rights and military service have made Colombia central to what many have called a “gay rights revolution” that has swept through Latin America over the past decade. Yet in a puzzling turn of events, the momentum in favor […]

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